Stories tagged: background checks
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 4:32 p.m.
Sessions orders review of background check system for guns
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a far-ranging review of the FBI database used to check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers, after the Air Force failed to report …
Thu., June 15, 2017
Stu Bykofsky: Calls for gun limits predictable, unrealistic
The majority of Americans don’t own guns, but haven’t yet been able to thwart the NRA and get access to what’s called “sensible gun control.”
Wed., May 10, 2017, 1:20 p.m.
Inslee signs gun background check notification bill
Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that requires the notification of law enforcement and of people with protection orders if someone fails a background check after trying to buy …
UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:50 p.m.
Background check failures for gun purchases could be reported to Washington State Patrol under proposed legislation
Felons and other people who can’t legally buy guns would be reported to law enforcement when they fail a background check and potential victims could get a warning under a …
Tue., Feb. 28, 2017
Past opinions offer perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Iran-contra, March 2, 1987
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 6:54 p.m.
Wary of ‘federal bullying,’ Idaho House kills FBI background check bill
The Idaho House on Monday killed legislation from the state Department of Labor to allow it to conduct FBI background checks on certain employees, even though the bill sponsor warned …
Sat., Feb. 25, 2017
Regina Malveaux: Gun laws helping to protect women
We must continue to address the horrifying and unacceptable intersection of gun violence and domestic violence
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 11:21 a.m.
State Rep. Matt Shea wants to repeal gun sale background checks approved by Washington voters
Spokane Valley legislator Rep. Matt Shea says he’ll introduce a bill to repeal a voter-approved law that requires background checks on most private gun sales.
Fri., Jan. 13, 2017, 11:40 a.m.
New bill to require background checks for massage therapists
Massage therapists in Idaho would be required to undergo criminal background checks under recently introduced legislation. Mitch Toryanksi, with the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses, says that Idaho law does …
Wed., Dec. 28, 2016
Funding needed for gun sale database
Legislators tempted to stall on the backlog problem for another year should be looking over their shoulders. Everytown for Gun Safety, the anti-gun group, could see the lack of legislative …
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 11:53 a.m.
Washington’s gun background check system needs fix, report says
Washington state’s system for conducting background checks on someone trying to buy a firearm is fragmented and “specific improvements” are needed.
Tue., Sept. 27, 2016, 11:01 a.m.
Missoula to require background checks for private gun sales
A Montana city will require background checks for any private gun sales that occur within its borders.
Wed., June 15, 2016
Editorials: Can’t disengage from shootings if you want change
Viewed through the prism of our laws, we seem more frightened by the prospect of one legitimate purchaser being inconvenienced than a hundred dangerous people loading up on guns and …
Tue., June 14, 2016, 8:25 p.m.
Terrorist watch list no obstacle to buying weapons, data show
More than 90 percent of known or suspected terrorists who’ve attempted to buy weapons since 2004 have passed a background check and been approved for the purchase, new government statistics …
Thu., Feb. 18, 2016, 10:47 a.m.
Gun-safety group wants new ballot measure
A gun-safety group is turning its attention to voters in Washington state after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to create “extreme-risk protection orders. These are orders that would let …
Sat., Feb. 6, 2016
Ervin: Executive order stigmatizes disabled.
Putting those under psychiatric care on watch lists unfairly jeopardizes rights.
Thu., Jan. 7, 2016, 10:09 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Gun-show promoter’s changing story part of the ‘everybody knows’ problem
A year ago, as Washington’s new background check law had barely taken effect, the organizer of a Spokane gun show committed an unpardonable sin. He said the law had worked.
Wed., Jan. 6, 2016, 9:55 p.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee orders more state data on gun violence
Gov. Jay Inslee ordered state agencies to come up with more data on gun deaths and determine whether people violating the state’s background check law are being prosecuted.
Fri., Jan. 16, 2015
Gun activists gather, as control activists plan to grade legislators on which way they vote
OLYMPIA – Voter-approved background checks on private gun purchases are unconstitutional and therefore not law, Rep. Matt Shea told gun-rights activists Thursday on the steps of the Capitol. “An unconstitutional …
Sun., Dec. 14, 2014
Hundreds protest I-594 at Olympia gun-rights rally
OLYMPIA – Hundreds of gun-rights advocates, some dressed in camouflage and a few wearing Santa hats, gathered Saturday on the Capitol grounds to denounce the background-check law Washington voters approved …
Sun., Sept. 7, 2014
Competing state gun initiatives vie for police support
Law enforcement agencies may not be getting much love in most of the country after images of heavily armed cops filled news coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. But here …
Wed., April 16, 2014
Contradictory gun initiatives favored by majority, poll shows
OLYMPIA – Washington voters appear confused about a pair of contradictory gun initiatives that will be on the November ballot and could approve both this fall, a new survey suggests. …
Fri., March 14, 2014, 8:02 a.m.
FBI balks at pot background checks
SEATTLE — The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in …
Wed., Jan. 29, 2014
Gabrielle Giffords, GU students speak at gun control hearing
OLYMPIA – Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged Washington legislators to “be bold, be courageous” and require wider background checks on gun sales. Gun rights advocates urged lawmakers to protect …
Thu., Oct. 10, 2013
Gun background check backers submit I-594 signatures
OLYMPIA – Sponsors of a proposal to expand background checks for gun purchases turned in 250,000 signatures Wednesday to qualify it as an initiative to the Legislature. If they are …
Sat., Aug. 17, 2013
Vestal: Washington gun initiatives not far apart, panic aside
It’s almost possible – not quite, but tantalizingly close to possible – that a voter might reasonably support both of the competing gun initiatives in Washington. One proposal would expand …
Thu., Aug. 1, 2013
Washington caregivers failed background check, state audit finds
OLYMPIA – Nearly two dozen people who failed criminal background checks were allowed to work with developmentally disabled clients in Washington, according to a state audit released Wednesday. In conflict …
Wed., May 8, 2013
Background checks flawed, Washington auditor says
OLYMPIA – Washington could do a better job of checking the backgrounds of workers in key jobs by submitting their fingerprints to a system operated by the FBI, the state …
Mon., April 29, 2013
Gun background check fight moving to ballot box
OLYMPIA – After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking …
Sat., March 16, 2013
Shawn Vestal: The only good laws are popular laws
If there’s anyone who understands the limits of gun control – who really gets how ineffective any and all gun laws are – it’s Rep. Matt Shea. Gun laws are …