Very little movement lately on firearms and hunting bills. Expecting Rhoads Judiciary (JDC) committee to hear the Senate bills sometime next week so prepare to take some time off work to attend. We want another good showing as this is our last reasonable chance to stop . Odds go down a lot after this. There's still a chance to see Stand your Ground and changes to the long gun permit in the Lee's Judiciary, but the window is closing.
HB1902 magazine ban has had an unusual journey as McDermott spoke and voiced his opposition to merging of the 2 bills (HB2232) and the vote was delayed for floor amendments. For 2nd reading it had 14 yes w/reservations and no votes which is pretty high, but still short of the 26 needed to stop a bill. It would be very difficult to turn all 11 reservation votes to noes, and add 12 more noes for the third reading floor vote which was delayed to 2-27-20. There are some gains to be found such as the republican votes and other moderate democrats such as Kong and Quinlan and others we can turn. But we'd still be far short. Perhaps someday when we can get thousands of people to support to win. We still have to try our best to support those that want to help us but face enormous pressure not to. Also to show that we are gaining in power and unity. There were some amendments to it, the main one changing the implementation date to 2050 to ensure it gets into conference committee at the end. I still have to review the bill and see what else changed in it.
HB2709 Firearms and estates was also floor amended with a 2050 date.
HB2744 gun violence commission and HB2736 ammo checks are headed for 3rd reading too. Perhaps I could get HB2744 shelved for not going through the Finance committee which it should have since there are appropriations for 2 full time staff.
All these bills 3rd reading floor votes will be on Thursday 2-27-20 due to the 5 day recess (no floor sessions during that time). There's still other House gun bills that need a 3rd reading vote.