We've been tracking Washington SB 5992 as it works its way through the legislative process in Olympia and using it not only as a test of the newly minted Democratic majority's commitment to gun regulation, but also an object lesson in how the NRA and its allies fight every fight at every level. Since the bill was introduced, they were mustering opposition, and yesterday this manifested itself at a committee hearing:
Gun owners and 2nd amendment rights activists have made their voices heard last week at a large, organized rally on the steps of the Washington state Capitol.
Around 100 people, many with weapons on their hips or slung over their shoulder, listened to speeches from lawmakers and gun advocates about fears over proposed gun legislation.
While opponents gathered with weapons outside, the committee was hearing testimony from the families of victims of those weapons:
The ban on certain trigger devices was backed by relatives of Las Vegas shooting victims. Anne Marie Parsons, whose daughter Kerry was among those killed, said she was told by an FBI agent investigating the case that a bump stock modified the AR-15 that shot her daughter so that it went from being able to fire 45 rounds per minute to nine rounds per second.
“They were all mowed down, nobody stood a chance,” Parsons said.
SB 5992 would prohibit "trigger modification devices," bump stocks, or any device that accelerates the rate of fire of a firearm, and could be voted on by the Senate Law and Justice Committee as early as today. We urge progressives in Washington and national gun control organizations to match the energy of the pro-gun movement and pressure on lawmakers to vote in support of this legislation, which could be on the governor's desk by the end of the month.
Another bill we are tracking, SB 6049 (banning high capacity magazines) was also heard. A vote has not yet been scheduled.