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Shawn Vestal: Kootenai County Sheriff Ben Wolfinger gets it right on role of law enforcement

In less remarkable times, it might be less remarkable to hear a sheriff – a GOP sheriff in an ultra-red county, no less – remark that his job is enforcing …


Gonzaga gun incident fires national debate

Two Gonzaga University students disciplined for pointing a pistol at a man they suspected of attempting to force his way into their school-owned housing have sparked a national debate pitting …


Giffords praises NY’s stricter gun control efforts

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords made her first visit to a gun show since she was shot in 2011, attending a New York event Sunday with her husband, Mark Kelly, and …


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 …


Judge accepts insanity plea in Colo. shooting case

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — A judge on Tuesday accepted James Holmes’ plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of the Colorado theater …


Vestal: Gun control rhetoric sounds tragically familiar

Christin McCarron would have turned 27 this year. Would have, that is, if she had not been murdered by Dean Mellberg at Fairchild Air Force Base on June 20, 1994. …


Inslee signs felony firearms registry bill

OLYMPIA – Anyone convicted of a felony involving a gun could be required to register with state law enforcement agencies for four years under a bill signed Wednesday by Washington …


Veteran chases down, detains burglary suspect

As concealed weapons permit holders, Jared and Heather Martin regularly talk to their 12-year-old daughter about gun safety and responsibility. They have already started using Tuesday morning as their prime …


Washington group plans initiative if federal gun legislation fails

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Supporters of gun control in Washington state are preparing to launch an initiative campaign to expand background checks if a similar proposal fails to pass Congress.


Gun laws make Idaho a haven for firearms supporters

BOISE – As the nation remains locked in debate over expanding background checks and other measures aimed at stemming gun violence, Idaho lawmakers this year pushed to expand the state’s …


AR-15 sale will raise GOP funds

State Republicans will have a chance to bid on the type of rifle at the center of the current gun-control vs. gun rights debate, an AR-15, at their spring fundraiser …


Gun control bill clears first Senate hurdle

Gun control supporters have won the first Senate showdown over restricting firearms, rejecting an effort by conservatives to derail a package of gun curbs before debate could even begin.


Colo. prosecutors seeking death penalty for Holmes

CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Prosecutors today said they will seek the death penalty against the man accused in last year’s movie theater attack that killed 12, wounded 70 and spurred new …


Spin Control: Clearing the brush on what’s bipartisan

OLYMPIA – As the Legislature passed a key deadline last week, the “bi” word was thrown around quite a bit. Bipartisan. The problem was that bipartisan seems to mean different …


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 …


Washington House gun registration bill not voted

OLYMPIA – Democrats abandoned a bill to require wider background checks for gun purchases late Tuesday, after disagreements over the proposals caused the House of Representatives to grind to a …


Washington Senate approves schools’ use of NRA gun safety materials

OLYMPIA – A resolution encouraging schools to use a firearms safety program for kids briefly ignited the gun-control debate in the state Senate on Friday. The resolution was in support …


Idaho might send cops to jail for enforcing gun controls

Idaho law enforcement officers who help the federal government confiscate any newly banned firearms or ammunition could get jail time and a $1,000 fine, under a measure introduced by lawmakers …


Spin Control: Gun legislation facing uncertain Capitol future

OLYMPIA – The massacre of first-graders and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut may result in some major national gun-control legislation this year. Too soon to tell. But it …


Gun check bill clears key House committee

OLYMPIA – A bill requiring almost all gun buyers in Washington to undergo a background check passed a key House panel Tuesday and will likely be part of a package …


What would Jesus do about gun control?

OLYMPIA – What would Jesus do about gun control? A debate between a Spokane Valley legislator and a Seattle minister essentially posed that question Wednesday in a packed hearing on …


Washington school safety funding wins OK

OLYMPIA – Washington state would spend $10 million over the next two years to protect schools as part of a construction proposal that moved quickly through the state Senate on …


Washington state Capitol allows firearms

OLYMPIA – For Rep. David Taylor, a gun is like an article of clothing. He wears it everywhere – even on the floor of the state House of Representatives. “I’ve …


Shawn Vestal: Nailing down the hammer analogy

Perhaps you’ve come across the latest low-water mark in our debate about guns. It is the assertion – made recently in Spokane City Council chambers and at a public forum …


Conservation groups join boycott of Pa. outdoors show

Two of the nation’s largest hunting-oriented conservation groups have joined a fast-growing Second Amendment-based boycott of the Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show in Harrisburg, Pa. The Missoula-based Rocky Mountain Elk …


Firearms Freedom Act bill unlikely to pass

OLYMPIA – A bill to exempt firearms made and sold in Washington state from current or future federal gun laws was introduced by 10 House Republicans Thursday, but the GOP …


Inslee wants coal ports, trains studied

OLYMPIA – State and federal agencies studying potential impacts of a new coal terminal near Bellingham must consider the increased train traffic in Spokane and other cities around the state, …


Gun fight ahead for Obama

WASHINGTON – Conceding “this will be difficult,” President Barack Obama, in an emotion-laden plea to curb gun violence in America, urged a reluctant Congress on Wednesday to require background checks …


Lawmakers react to gun bill

WASHINGTON – Inland Northwest lawmakers gave mixed reviews to President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals unveiled Wednesday. Washington’s Democratic senators lauded the $500 million package of proposals as the right …


President’s gun control plan gets mixed reactions in region

According to local gun distributors, the only benefit of President Barack Obama’s attempts at gun control is that guns are flying off the shelves. “If he was looking for a …