With a few minor hiccups
Signed by the governor, will take effect 90 days after the regular session concluded on March 10th. This should put the law effective as of June 8th, so get your forms ready.
Life has been extremely busy lately for me, but I carved out a few minutes to make this important update. The house version of this bill has PASSED! The senate version has come out of committee and should be going up for a vote TODAY, and things seem good. If this passes there will be a SMALL window before ATF 41p takes effect, so get your form 1s ready to submit!
Representative Brian Blake has introduced a bill to the 2016 session of Washington State legislature, HB 2481, The hearing in Olympia for this bill will be on January 21st, and it would help for everyone who is available to make it. I’ll post more details about the hearing when they come along, but this is the bill that will clarify the intent of the previous SBR bill that allowed SBRs to be sold in WA. If passed, the change to RCW 9.41.190 sec (1) will read as below:
(2) It is not unlawful for a person to manufacture, own, buy, sell, loan, furnish, transport, or have in possession or under control, a short-barreled rifle, or any part designed or intended solely and exclusively for use in a short-barreled rifle or in converting a weapon into a short-barreled rifle, if the person is in compliance with applicable federal law.
This is a vast improvement over the current version:
(2) It is not unlawful for a person to possess, transport, acquire, or transfer a short-barreled rifle that is legally registered and possessed, transported, acquired, or transferred in accordance with federal law.
This is the bill that everyone who’s had a denied Form 1 is waiting for. CONTACT YOUR STATE LEGISLATORS and urge them to support it.
Picked up & installed a new barrel for my benchrest AR, wanted to switch from a 1:9 to a 1:8 twist to shoot heavier rounds. I’m going to give it a breaking in to see how it does before I have it cerakoted and possibly lower the resale value.
Magpul PRS Stock
Tactical Machining TM-15 lower
CMMG Lower parts kit
PSA Blemished upper
Magpul MIAD grip
OTG Offset Irons
Badger Ordnance Stabilizer free float tube
Classic Firearms 20″ 1:8 twist stainless fluted barrel in .223 Wylde
AAC Blackout 51T Flash Hider
SilencerCo Saker 762
Not much news today, other than there are a few reports coming in of individuals who still have pending SBR Form 1s in the e-file system.
I also have yet to hear of any paper forms being denied.
More news when it emerges.
This was recently posted on Waguns.org, hopefully it looks like a resolution is in sight.
So here is what I got from Brian Blake, the original sponsor of the bill.
A staff member at the DOL had a conversation with the ATF a few weeks back and the discussion centered on SB 5956, and lack of clarity and confusion about manufacturing SBR’s. This person is not a policy maker, but apparently the ATF person may have taken it that way. The head of Washington DOL Firearms Division will be contacting the ATF to let them know that the conversation was not with a representative allowed to direct policy on behalf of Washington State.
The AG’s office has not made any official statements on the bill at this time.
Also, the DOL did not advise the ATF to not approve the forms, nor did the AG’s office. The DOL’s position is that it isn’t their position to interpret the laws, and that it is up to the ATF to make their own interpretation.
Also, Thanks RichM for sending me Ted Clutter’s contact information and email addresses. Brian Blake and the DOL have that information now and they will contact Ted. The rest of you may want to not deluge Mr. Clutter with a bunch of emails. Brian says he will work on this. Please let him work through the process.