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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Many of you are strong supporters of the Second Amendment and interested in gun legislation that is introduced each session. This is a big issue in the 13th Legislative District.

There are two bills still moving through the legislative process I wanted to bring to your attention. Not only do I believe they may violate our Second Amendment rights, but they violate our constitutional rights.

The two bills are:

  • House Bill 1240 which would ban the sale, production or transfer most semi-auto firearms aka “assault weapons.” It contains an emergency clause that goes into effect immediately after the governor signs it. This legislation goes against a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and the upcoming federal district court ruling on the California “assault weapons ban,” which most believe will be overturned. If this ban goes into effect, it would have a greater impact on law-abiding citizens than the individuals who commit crimes.
  • House Bill 1143 which would impair your right to buy, sell or keep arms. The measure would impose various training and testing requirements on law-abiding gun owners and retailers before they can exercise their constitutional rights.

Both bills made it out of House, but it is not too late to share your thoughts, opinions or testimony on these bills. They are scheduled for a public hearing tomorrow (Thursday) at 8 a.m. in the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

To testify, submit written testimony, or have your position noted for the legislative record on House Bill 1240 click here.

To testify, submit written testimony, or have your position noted for the legislative record on House Bill 1143 click here.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you have the opportunity to share your thoughts, concerns or testimony.

I am honored to represent the great people of the 13th District!


Tom Dent

State Representative Tom Dent, 13th Legislative District
437 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(509) 941-2346 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000