State of Washington       60th Legislature      2007 Regular Session


By Representatives  Roach,  Dunn,  Williams,  Blake,  Strow,  McCune,

Haler, Moeller and Takko


Read first time 01/24/2007. Referred to Committee on Judiciary.




 1     AN ACT Relating to protecting the constitutionally guaranteed right

 2  to the lawful possession of firearms during an emergency;  amending RCW

 3  43.06.220; and creating a new section.




 5     NEW SECTION. Sec.1. (1) The legislature recognizes that:        (a)

 6  The United  States  Constitution,  amendment  II,  guarantees that,  "A

 7  well-regulated  militia being necessary to the security of a free state,

 8  the right of the  people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed";

 9  (b)   the  Washington  state  Constitution,   article  I,   section  24,        

10 guarantees that,  "The right of the individual citizen  to  bear arms in

11 defense of himself,  or the state,  shall not be impaired...";   (c) the

12 constitutionally  protected  right to  bear arms  is an individual right

13 intended  to  ensure   that  society  and  law-abiding  persons   remain

14 protected  from  criminal aggressors  within their homes, neighborhoods,

15 and communities;   (d) law-abiding citizens who are attacked in a place

16 where  they have a right to  be  have  no duty to retreat  and have the

17 right  to  stand  their  ground  and  meet  force  with defensive force,

18 including  deadly  force in  certain  circumstances;   (e)  law-abiding

19 persons must be able  to protect themselves, their families, and others





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 1 from criminal intruders and attackers without fear of prosecution  for

 2 acting in the lawful defense of themselves, their families, and others;

 3 and (f) law-abiding citizens should not be required to surrender their

 4 constitutional right to bear arms and thereby surrender their personal

 5 safety  and  well-being  to  criminal  aggressors at  any  time,   but

 6 especially during a state of emergency when law and order is at a much

 7 higher risk of breaking down, law enforcement resources are frequently

 8 strapped,  and criminal predators are  much more free to prey on those

 9 unable to adequately protect themselves and their families.

10     (2)   It is  the  intent  of  the  legislature  that,  during  the

11 continuance of any proclaimed state of emergency, no person who is not

12 otherwise  prohibited  by  law  from  the  possession,  transfer, sale,

13 transport, storage, display, or use of firearms or ammunition shall be

14 prohibited  or  restricted  by either the governor or any governmental

15 entity or political subdivision of the state from the otherwise lawful

16 possession,  transfer,   sale,  transport, storage, display, or use of

17 firearms or ammunition.


18   Sec. 2. RCW 43.06.220 and 2003 c 53 s 222 are each amended to read

19 as follows:

20   (1) The governor,  after proclaiming a state of emergency and prior

21 to terminating such,  may,  in the area described by the proclamation,

22 issue an order prohibiting:

23   (a) Any person being on the public streets,  or in the public parks,

24 or at any other public place during the hours declared by the governor

25 to be a period of curfew;

26   (b) Any  number  of persons,  as  designated  by the governor,  from

27 assembling  or  gathering on the public streets,  parks,  or other open

28 areas of this state, either public or private;

29   (c) The manufacture,  transfer,  use,  possession, or transportation

30 of a  molotov cocktail  or any  other  device,  instrument,  or  object

31 designed to explode or produce uncontained combustion;

32   (d) The transporting,  possessing,  or using of  gasoline,  kerosene,

33 or combustible, flammable, or explosive liquids or materials in a glass

34 or uncapped container of any kind except in connection with the normal

35 operation of motor vehicles, normal home use, or legitimate commercial

36 use;

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 1   (e) ((The possession of  firearms or any  other deadly  weapon by a

 2 person (other  than a law enforcement  officer)  in a place other than

 3 that person's place of residence or business;

 4 (e)  (f))) The sale, purchase, or dispensing of alcoholic beverages;

 5   (((g))) (f) The sale, purchase,      or dispensing of other commodities

 6 or goods, as he or she reasonably believes should be prohibited to help

 7 preserve and maintain life, health, property, or the public peace;

 8   (((h))) (g) The use of certain streets, highways, or public ways by

 9 the public; and

10   (((i))) (h) Such other activities as he or she reasonably believes

11 should  be  prohibited  to help  preserve and  maintain life,  health,

12 property, or the public peace.

13   (2) In imposing the restrictions provided for by RCW 43.06.010, and

14 43.06.200 through  43.06.270,  the governor may  impose them  for such

15 times, upon such conditions, with such exceptions, and in such areas of

16 this state he or she from time to time deems necessary.

17   (3)  During the  continuance of any  state of emergency, neither the

18 governor  nor any governmental  entity or political subdivision of the

19 state shall impose any restriction on the possession,  transfer,  sale,

20 transport,  storage,  display, or use of firearms or ammunition that is

21 otherwise authorized or guaranteed by law.

22   (4)  Any person willfully violating any provision of an order issued

23 by the governor under this section is guilty of a gross misdemeanor.


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