Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Update on High Caliber Rifle Bill

The House Judiciary Committee will hold decision-making on this bill, HB2999, on Thursday, February 28th at 2:50 p.m. in Room 325 of the State Capitol. It is the only bill on the agenda. As this is decision-making only, no public testimony will be accepted. (See blog post on 2/23/08 for a summary of the issue.)

The bill proposes several things, but the controversial part of the measure is the following: Prohibits importation, manufacture, possession, sale, barter, trade, gift, transfer, or acquisition of any .50 BMG rifle or .50 BMG cartridge.

2/28/08 - The committee did not have a quorum and was unable to take a vote on this bill. The bill is dead for this session.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

They must be under the gun to pass this out.

I guess it's worth a shot.

matt said...

There's no silver bullet, but perhaps they'll come up with a range of options.

Anonymous said...

I'll rifle through some old puns and come up with a good one. Instead of taking the shotgun approach, that is.

Wounded in America said...

Rep. Waters caved in to the gun guys this session just like he caved in to the anti-gay bigots last term.

If he can't handle the tough issues, why is he Judiciary Chair?

Anonymous said...

Wounded in America,
Rep. Waters did not cave in. He could have deferred the bill indefinitely, but he chose to hold the decision making hearing to let members vote. The committee needed 9 votes for quorum, and 6 members showed up. They waited 15 minutes beyond the scheduled time.

Wounded in America said...

Aloha, anonymous,

Mahalo for the info.

Did he do anything to try to find a quorum?

How do we find out the names of the vote-dodging wimps who wouldn't show up to do their jobs?

Thanks again.