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Senate Committee Considers Bill Restricting Untraceable Ghost Guns [VIDEO]

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The Senate Law & Justice Committee heard public testimony on Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1705, which would ban the manufacture, use, and possession of any untraceable ghost guns.

The bill passed the House February 10 in a vote of 57-39. It will now have to pass the Senate in order to make its way to the Governor’s office, for an opportunity to be signed into law.

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Watch the testimony then continue reading to learn more about ESHB 1705 and untraceable ghost guns.

ESHB 1705 – 2021-22 Concerning ghost guns

Bill Information

Bill Information Page (link)

Concerning: An act relating to limiting ghost guns, including untraceable firearms and untraceable
unfinished frames and receivers that can be used to manufacture or assemble untraceable
firearms. Engrossed Substitute Bill (pdf)
Sponsors: House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary (originally sponsored by Representatives Berry, Valdez, Ryu, Fitzgibbon, Berg, Bateman, Duerr, Walen, Callan, Davis, Taylor, Macri, Peterson, Ramel, Ramos, Santos, Senn, Simmons, Slatter, Bergquist, Tharinger, Pollet, Frame, Harris-Talley, Hackney, and Kloba).
Effective Date: This bill has multiple effective dates.
Status:
Dec 27 Prefilled for introduction in House
Feb 10 1st substitute bill substituted
Rules suspended. Placed on Third Reading.
Third reading, passed; yeas, 57; nays, 39; absent, 0; excused, 2. (View Roll Calls Below)
Moves to the Senate

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Feb 21 Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 9:30 AM.
Feb 24 Executive session in the Senate Committee on Law & Justice at 10:30 AM (Subject to change).

House Voting Roll Calls
Yeas: 57 Nays: 39 Absent: 0 Excused: 2

Voting Nay: Representatives Abbarno, Barkis, Boehnke, Caldier, Chambers, Chandler, Chase, Corry, Dent, Dufault, Dye, Eslick, Gilday, Goehner, Graham, Griffey, Harris, Hoff, Jacobsen, Klicker, Klippert, Kraft, MacEwen, Maycumber, McEntire, Mosbrucker, Orcutt, Robertson, Rude, Schmick, Steele, Stokesbary, Sutherland, Vick, Volz, Walsh, Wilcox, Ybarra, Young

Absent:
Excused: Representatives Kretz, McCaslin

Committee Materials

Original Bill
Substitute Bill
Engrossed Substitute
House Bill Analysis 2022
House Bill Report
Engrossed Substitute House Bill Report
Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill Report (Orig.)

The bill analysis and bill report are prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

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Brief Summary of Bill

House Bill Analysis Brief Summary

  • Restricts the manufacture, assembly, sale, transfer, purchase, possession, transport, and receipt of untraceable firearms.
  • Restricts the sale, transfer, purchase, possession, transport, and receipt of unfinished frames and receivers.
  • Establishes standards for marking untraceable firearms and unfinished frames and receivers with serial numbers.

Senate Bill Report Brief Summary

  • Restricts the manufacture, assembly, sale, transfer, purchase, possession, transport, and receipt of untraceable firearms.
  • Restricts the sale, transfer, purchase, possession, transport, and receipt of unfinished frames and receivers.

Untraceable Firearms

Under Washington state law an untraceable “ghost” firearm is Washington law defines “untraceable firearms” as “any firearm manufactured after July 1, 2019, that is not an antique firearm and that cannot be traced by law enforcement by means of a serial number affixed to the firearm by a federally licensed manufacturer or importer.” (RCW 9.41.010(35).)

Washington prohibits the manufacture of an untraceable firearm with intent to sell. A violation
of this restriction is punishable as a class C felony. (RCW 9.41.190(1)(d), (5).)

More on Ghost Guns:

Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of Firearms
Ghost Guns: Profits for Illegal Manufacturers, Concealment for Criminals and Terrorists Worldwide
ATF’s Proposed Rule Would Stem the Rise of Unregulated Ghost Guns

Available Videos

Live video of legislative activity is available on TVW.  Links listed for meetings in the future will be linked to live meetings.  Video links take you off of the Auburn Examiner website to the TVW website.

Jan 12, 2022 House Civil Rights & Judiciary at 10:00 AM
Jan 21, 2022 House Civil Rights & Judiciary at 8:00 AM
Feb 21, 2022 Senate Law & Justice at 9:30 AM
Feb 24, 2022 Senate Law & Justice at 10:30 AM

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Unless otherwise noted, the above information was obtained from the official Washington State Legislative website. Future meetings are subject to change. Auburn representatives in bold.

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