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UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 9:02 a.m.

‘Ghost gun’ ban, other firearms laws signed

New gun laws could be “model” for rest of country, Gov. Jay Inslee says.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

Gun-seizure laws grow in popularity since Parkland shooting

Last year’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, prompted a number of states to pass “red flag” laws that allow law enforcement or family members to seek …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 19, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

Police chief in tiny Republic says he won’t enforce new gun law

The police chief of Republic, a tiny town in northeastern Washington, doesn’t think much of I-1639, the strict gun law state voters approved Nov. 6. Loren Culp won’t enforce it, …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018, 8:59 p.m.

Texas Republicans squelch ‘red flag’ gun law prospects

Texas schools have been adding metal detectors and armed personnel in an effort to improve campus security in response to the deadly May attack at a Houston-area high school that …


No mystery to Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh’s gun views

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he recognizes that gun, drug and gang violence “has plagued all of us.” Still, he believes the Constitution limits how far government can go …


Florida gun, mental laws couldn’t have stopped massacre

Florida’s gun and mental health laws likely could not have prevented school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz from buying last year the semi-automatic rifle authorities say he used to kill 17 …


UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 11:16 a.m.

Gun owners face fines up to $10,000 for not locking up their guns under new Seattle law

Starting 180 days after the mayor signs the legislation, it will be a civil infraction to store a gun without the firearm being secured in a locked container.


Second Amendment group asks court to block gun initiative from the ballot

A pro-gun nonprofit based in Bellevue has asked Washington’s Supreme Court to block an initiative that would implement a new slate of gun restrictions from reaching the November ballot, arguing …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 4:04 p.m.

Vermont’s Republican governor signs new gun restrictions

Vermont on Wednesday raised the age to buy firearms, banned high-capacity magazines and made it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat – the first significant gun …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Trump says Second Amendment won’t be repealed

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that the Second Amendment “WILL NEVER BE REPEALED” and called on voters to elect more Republicans in this fall’s congressional elections because the GOP “must …


Retired justice urges repeal of Second Amendment

Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment to allow for significant gun control legislation.


New Jersey lawmakers advance bills to tighten gun laws

New Jersey’s Democrat-led Assembly passed six measures aimed at strengthening the state’s already-strict gun laws.


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 9:03 p.m.

Rick Santorum: Students should learn CPR, not seek gun laws

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said Sunday that students who have rallied for gun control should instead learn CPR or find their own way to prevent a school shooting.


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 3:43 p.m.

Bill Murray compares Parkland students to Vietnam War protesters in op-ed for NBC

Actor-comedian Bill Murray says the high school student gun-control movement out of Parkland, Florida, is reminiscent of the 1960s youth protests against the Vietnam War.


Florida Legislature debates school safety, gun measures

The Florida Senate has agreed to advance a bill that would increase school safety and restrict gun purchases following a rare weekend session in the wake of last month’s shooting …


GOP cautious, Dems elated, by Trump’s stance on guns

Republicans reacted cautiously Thursday to President Donald Trump’s call for quick and substantial changes to the nation’s gun laws, while elated Democrats said they will try to hold Trump to …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

GOP leaders move slowly on tighter gun laws

House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday showed little interest in stricter gun control proposals being floated in Congress, leaving the issue in the hands of wary Senate leaders and President …


State sets new policy to keep guns from people deemed threat

Rhode Island is the first state since a deadly school shooting in Florida to establish a new policy to try to keep guns away from people who show warning signs …


Congress returns amid pressure to act on gun violence

After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 25, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

Congress has ideas on gun violence, but no consensus

After a 10-day break, members of Congress are returning to work under hefty pressure to respond to the outcry over gun violence. But no plan appears ready to take off …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

After years of dejection, proponents of gun laws see hope

The shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has some pondering the improbable: Could this latest carnage actually lead to gun reforms?


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 22, 2018, 11:41 a.m.

Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain rifles and tighter background checks for purchasers, saying “there’s nothing more important than protecting our children,” amid …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, 8:50 p.m.

Angry teens swarm into Florida Capitol; demand new gun laws

A week after a shooter slaughtered 17 people in a Florida high school, thousands of protesters, including many angry teenagers, swarmed into the state Capitol on Wednesday, calling for changes …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat

The warnings around Nikolas Cruz seemed to flash like neon signs: expelled from school, fighting with classmates, a fascination with weapons and hurting animals, disturbing images and comments posted to …


Not real news: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 1:13 p.m.

Amid mass shootings, GOP-controlled Congress remains focused on loosening gun laws

The mass shooting that left at least 58 dead in Las Vegas on Sunday night is expected to rekindle the debate in Congress over federal gun controls. But recent efforts …


NRA’s video message to ‘elites’: ‘We’re coming for you’

The election of President Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress meant the National Rifle Association could probably rest easy that gun laws wouldn’t change for at least four years. …


UPDATED: Sun., May 28, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

Few Montana schools choose to arm staffers despite gun law

Montana state law allows school boards to let any adult staffer carry a gun in schools. But fewer than one percent of schools in the state actually do so.


UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

People who fail background checks for guns to be reported to police

Background check failure law signed.


Up against NRA, gun control advocates still voice optimism

In the face of daunting presidential election results and a formidable NRA, the groups that stand in opposition to looser gun laws say they are ready to rumble.