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Posted 27 January 2005 - 10:19 PM

You could contact WADES in Bellevue. There was a rumor that they were handling Class 3....
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Posted 27 January 2005 - 11:13 PM

Several SOT's in Western Wa. and a couple in Eastern Wa.
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Posted 28 January 2005 - 04:21 PM

Contact Your State Senator To Stop Quick-moving Anti-gun Bills!

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

January 28, 2005

Dear Washington gun owner,

Earlier this week, anti-gun hearings were held in Olympia. Those who
would rob you of your liberty are gearing up for an all-out assault
on your gun rights this year. The full list of proposals reads like a
Sarah Brady wish list.

What we need to do at this point is to stop a couple of the
fastest-moving bills dead in their tracks. This will "take the wind
out of the sails" of the rest of the gun grabbers' agenda.

It is imperative that all Washington gun owners show fierce
opposition in the state Senate. Please make it a point to contact
your senator as soon as possible. The two bills we need to block at
the moment are:

SB 5342 (Kohl-Welles et. al.): This is a perennial "Lock Up Your
Safety" storage bill that anti-gunners have salivated over for years
(and successfully passed in other states). Basically, it would force
you to keep your home defense gun under lock and key. When seconds
count, that could cost you or a loved one your life. Should a
juvenile gain access to a loaded firearm not locked up according to
government-determined criteria, YOU would be instantly branded a
criminal... even if the adolescent caused no injury with the gun!

Prosecutors already have broad discretion in the "reckless
endangerment" statue this bill amends... it's not like truly
irresponsible adults get a free pass under current law. And
certainly, the government has no business dictating the manner in
which you keep a weapon in the home for lawful self-defense.

SB 5343 (Kohl-Welles again, plus others) is an outright ban on
private sales at gun shows, with an eye towards putting gun shows out
of business altogether. Individuals would be forced to make any sale
at a gun show through an FFL with its resulting instant registration
check. Plus, the State Police would be authorized to impose an
unspecified fee above what the dealer charges for his services.

But most insidious of all is a provision requiring the show's
promoter to make certain all of this happens. If one person doesn't
get the word about the new rules and makes a sale, the promoter is in
violation... which could end gun shows as we know them, not to
mention the drop in attendance that would surely accompany all of
this rigamarole.

Note that we aware of several other odious bills introduced. If those
shows signs of significant movement, the focus will have to shift.
But for now, the best way to stop those other bills is to kill these
two first.

ACTION: Please politely bur firmly insist that your Senator oppose
SB 5342 and SB 5343. You can identify and contact him or her by
visiting http://www.leg.wa.go...er/Default.aspx where both
look-up and e-mail contact info is available.

----- Suggested message -----

Dear Senator ____________

I am urging you to oppose two bills aimed at hurting my
constitutional right to keep and bear arms! SB5342 and SB5343 both
need a NO vote at every stage in the legislative process.

SB 5342 is an unnecessary bill that will make it difficult for me to
defend my loved ones and property. It is nothing more than a "Lock Up
Your Safety" bill which is otherwise meaningless, given that
Washington already has reckless endangerment statutes for prosecutors
to use against the truly negligent.

SB 5343 would ban ALL private individual sales of firearms at gun
shows -- and is designed to shut down gun shows altogether by holding
promoters responsible for the actions of patrons. And no matter what
those seeking to disarm me will tell you, gun shows are NOT the venue
of choice for violent felons seeking firearms. Not even close.

It is very important that my gun rights be adequately defended, so I
urge you to vote no on these bills, as well as any others that seek
to infringe upon my rights. Please let me know what you intend to do.


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