HB 1283 HAS PASSED COMMITTEE, COULD BE VOTED ON ANYTIME
Leave a comment on HB 1283 TODAY!
THE ANTI-GUNNERS SAY YOU’RE TOO LOUD.
LET’S SHOW THEM HOW LOUD WE CAN BE!
The House version of the open carry bill (HB 1283) was amended and passed out of committee and could be called up to the floor at any time.
It could make it a felony to open carry in a group of 3 or more. This bill is SUBTLY DANGEROUS
Whether you open carry or not it doesn’t matter: we CANNOT LET them take away yet another of our rights!
Visit here to leave a comment: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill/1283
Enter your address, click Verify District, select ALL your legislators with REP in front of their name (House), request a response, enter your contact information, click OPPOSE, and paste your comments (talking points below). Then click SEND COMMENT
TALKING POINTS (1000 characters, ~200 words)
Please oppose HB 1283. This bill mirrors the Mulford Act that was explicitly designed to silence black civil rights protestors. This bill could make it a felony to open-carry in a group, whereas the same activity would only be a misdemeanor if you were alone.
- This bill is ripe for abuse. The Black, Brown, and Asian communities are already overpoliced; it could easily be used to create an entirely new group of minority felons who cannot vote and have other civil rights stripped from them
- If one person in a heated discussion open carries and is deemed to be threatening, will everyone else involved be charged with a felony?
- If someone sees a firearm in a group and misinterprets open carry as brandishment (very common, even with law enforcement), the entire group could be charged with a felony, making it easy to target a minority group with whom you disagree.
- Brandishing a weapon is already illegal under RCW 9.41.270. This bill does nothing but make something MORE illegal.
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Let’s push back HARD and LOUD!
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