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Washington State to Consider Multiple Anti-Industry Bills
House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee to Hold Gun Control Hearings

Your NSSF® Government Relations team has received intel that the Washington State House will be holding a hearing on a multitude of egregious bills designed to erode Washingtonians Second Amendment rights and fundamentally alter the firearm industry in the Evergreen State. While the full list hasn’t been released to the general public, we can expect most of the following bills to be heard next Tuesday, January 17, in Olympia, Washington.

HB 1178 – If passed would end state preemption, allowing cities, counties and municipalities to implement gun control ordinances and regulations.

HB 1180 – If passed would ban the manufacture, sale, purchase and transfer of so-called “assault rifles.”

HB 1143 – Creates onerous permit-to-purchase requirements for all firearm sales in the state.

HB 1144 – Enhanced background checks that add additional disqualifiers for citizens wishing to purchase a firearm.

SB 5078 – Eliminates immunity for firearm manufacturers and allows citizens to sue businesses for criminal misuse of products. *(Likely won’t be heard next week)

Over the past few legislative cycles in Washington State, the firearm industry has been successful in narrowly stopping multiple efforts by the legislature to ban Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs). But given the results of the 2022 election, the threat is very real.

NSSF needs you to testify against these bills and / or submit written testimony!

What: House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee
When: January 17, 2023
Time: 10:30 a.m. (PST)
Location: In Person HHR A and / or Virtual

Instructions: To sign up to testify in opposition of these bills or to submit written testimony against this egregious legislation, click on this link and following the directions below:

  1. Select “Civil Rights and Judiciary” in the first box.
  2. Select the following bills “HB 1178, HB 1180, HB 1143 and HB 1144.” *Not all bills may appear, it depends what the committee decides to hear.
  3. Select either written testimony or sign up to testify virtually.

Additional Resources:

Click here to find my Legislators
Click here for additional information on the hearing

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