OLYMPIA, WA (March 2, 2018) — Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) has requested that Washington Governor Jay Inslee veto Senate Bill 5992. SB 5992 would enact vague new terms and a total, confiscatory ban on “bump-stock” devices. The text of SB 5992 as it was passed by the Washington Legislature can be found at www.firearmspolicy.org/oppose_wa_sb_5992.
“SB 5992 is a dangerous and dangerously vague new gun control law that we have strongly opposed since it was introduced,” observed Philip Watson, FPC’s legislative advocate for the Pacific Northwest region.
“We are pleased to have been able to secure some important amendments that greatly narrow the scope of SB 5992 from where it started, which go a long way to protecting law-abiding Washingtonian gun owners should Governor Inslee sign the bill,” said Watson. “But this awful and unconstitutional measure still goes too far, so we are working to secure a veto.”
In FPC’s veto request, Watson said that “Senate Bill 5992 would impinge on the fundamental rights of law-abiding Washingtonians,” and that the bill “would enact vague and ambiguous new terms, impose a broad, confiscatory ban on a far-reaching class of currently-legal firearm devices, and subject law-abiding Washingtonians to serious criminal liability under arbitrary and capricious enforcement of the laws.”
Gun owners who wish to send Governor Inslee a message requesting a veto of SB 5992 may use FPC’s free grassroots Take Action tools at http://bit.ly/opp-sb5992.
FPC has successfully worked to stop a number of gun control bills in the State of Washington during the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions, including proposed bans on semi-automatic firearms and standard-capacity firearm magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition. FPC is also actively working to pass important common-sense legislation to protect gun owners in the State of Washington. In 2017, FPC successfully sponsored an important new pro-gun exemption to the I-594 gun control scheme passed by voters in 2014.
Firearms Policy Coalition (www.firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)4 grassroots nonprofit organization. FPC’s mission is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, especially the fundamental, individual Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.