Fortunato: firearms test should be required for lawmaker who want to draft gun legislation

  • Monday, January 14, 2019 4:07pm
  • News
Sen. Phil Fortunato. FILE PHOTO

Sen. Phil Fortunato. FILE PHOTO

State Sen. Phil Fortunato, R-Auburn, has introduced legislation in advance of the 2019 legislative session that would require lawmakers who draft gun legislation to be trained and pass a test.

“We have legislators drafting bills who have no idea how firearms work or any sense of firearm nomenclature,” Fortunato said. “When decision makers want to restrict someone’s constitutional rights, they shouldn’t go off half-cocked.”

Fortunato’s bill would require legislators who want to draft legislation to pass the state’s criminal justice firearms training for each firearm they wish to regulate. In addition to classroom and live-fire requirements, legislators would also need to pass range safety officer training, and be able to pass a knowledge test for calibers and gauges of firearms.

Fortunato points to actual quotes from anti-gun politicians to demonstrate the need for better education of policymakers.

“A weapon (AR-15) that shoots off 700 rounds in a minute.” – former U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Florida.

A ghost gun that “has the ability, with a .30-caliber clip, to disperse with 30 bullets within half a second; 30 magazine clip in half a second.” – California state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D).

“…number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available…” – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colorado.

“We have federal regulations and state laws that prohibit hunting ducks with more than three rounds. And yet it’s legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines.” – U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.

“I guess no one told Sen. Feinstein that it’s illegal to hunt humans,” Fortunato added. “I just think that it is fair to require some competency training for legislators so they can better understand what the heck they are talking about.”

More in News

Strong show of heart; Auburn girl revived | VIDEO

Teams of first-responders pull together to save a teenager’s life

Healthy Kids Day returns to the Auburn Valley Y

Free community event inspires active bodies and fun

Enjoy tea and other refreshments at the Neely Mansion Victorian Tea on Saturday, May 11. COURTESY PHOTO
Neely Mansion hosts Victorian Tea fundraiser on May 11

The Neely Mansion Association hosts a Victorian Tea at the historic place… Continue reading

The Hop: helicopter delivers Easter eggs for a hunt at Troy Field

Auburn celebrated Easter weekend with a big drop at The Hop. A… Continue reading

Registration open for second annual youth chess tournament

Next month, young eyes and minds will come to Auburn Mountainview High… Continue reading

Name a Rail Hop’n beer at veterans fundraising event

Join Auburn VFW Post 1741 at Rail Hop’n Brewing Company for a… Continue reading

Street, sidewalk restoration to affect East Main Street | UPDATES

On Thursday, April 25, and Friday April 26, street and sidewalk restoration… Continue reading

King County parks levy headed to August primary ballots

Voters will be asked to decide whether to approve the levy on Aug. 6.

Auburn’s Mena serves as page for Sen. Das in Olympia

Abbygail Mena, 14, served as a page in the state Senate during… Continue reading

Most Read