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Sweeping gun-control measures get California Senate OK

Democrats in the California Senate made another attempt Thursday to outlaw the sale of assault weapons with easily detachable ammunition magazines as part of a wide-ranging slate of gun control …


Idaho Senate approves bill on concealed carry permits

Idahoans 21 or older wouldn’t need a permit to carry a concealed gun inside city limits in the state, under legislation that passed the Senate Wednesday on a 27-8 vote.


Idaho Senate panel backs permitless concealed-carry gun bill

New legislation to let Idahoans age 21 or over carry concealed guns without permits inside city limits cleared a Senate committee Monday on a 6-3 vote.


Mom shot by 4-year-old was apparent gun rights advocate

A northeast Florida woman whose 4-year-old son accidentally shot her in the back while they were traveling in her pickup truck is apparently a gun lover who made numerous social …


Gun activist Anthony Bosworth receives $250 fine for carrying rifle at courthouse

U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Rodgers on Wednesday handed down a $250 fine to Anthony Bosworth, the gun rights activist who openly carried an assault rifle on federal courthouse grounds …


Pennsylvania gun rights for sex offender lands in Idaho Supreme Court

A former Idaho man’s problems convincing the state of Pennsylvania he should have the right to bear arms landed in the Idaho Supreme Court Tuesday, as the justices heard an …


Backed by moms and money, gun-safety group expands its clout

A gun-control organization backed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg that enlists mothers to speak out against gun violence is racking up some modest victories around the U.S., employing the state-by-state strategy …


Obama says ‘it’s about the families’ after Oregon meeting

President Barack Obama, faced with protests over his meeting Friday with victims of an Oregon shooting, held to his view that something must be done about deadly gun crimes. But …


Rally centers on veteran, potential weapons confiscation in Priest River

A group of about 100 people in Priest River, Idaho, lined up outside a U.S. Navy veteran’s house Thursday to protest claims that federal officials plan to confiscate the man’s …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 15, 2015, 6:11 p.m.

Shea tells gun rights activists I-594 not law

OLYMPIA — Rep. Matt Shea told gun-rights activists today voter-approved background checks on private sales violate state and federal constitutions and aren’t law. “An unconstitutional law is no law at …


Gun rights activists plan I-594 protest at Capitol

OLYMPIA – Gun rights activists plan to bring their firearms to the Capitol next month to engage in civil disobedience by violating the new background check law that they despise. …


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 …


NRA rips Texas ‘open-carry’ rallies

AUSTIN, Texas – In a blistering criticism of “open-carry” rallies in Texas, the National Rifle Association said gun enthusiasts who bring loaded rifles and tactical long guns into restaurants and …


High court nixes NJ appeal on gun rights in public

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday let stand New Jersey’s requirement that gun owners demonstrate a justifiable need in order to carry firearms in public, turning away …


Idaho senators vote to keep concealed weapon privileges

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers will keep their concealed-gun privileges, after senators on Monday killed legislation that would have repealed the special exemption. In Idaho, elected officials may carry concealed weapons …


Idaho lawmakers to keep special gun privileges

Idaho senators today killed legislation that would have removed a special privilege for state elected officials – including state lawmakers – to carry concealed weapons without a permit. Among the …


Idaho lawmakers pass bill allowing guns on college campuses; Otter expected to sign

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Thursday to allow guns on Idaho’s public college campuses, even though the colleges don’t want them. The National Rifle Association-drafted bill now goes to …


Idaho Senate OKs bill to allow guns on campus

BOISE – Over the objections of college presidents, police chiefs and the state Board of Education, the Idaho Senate voted Tuesday to allow college students to carry concealed guns on …


Idaho bill that would allow guns on campus likely to pass

BOISE – Idaho’s state Board of Education and all eight of its public college and university presidents announced their opposition Monday to legislation that would allow guns on campus, but …


Two gun initiatives likely to be on Washington state ballot

OLYMPIA – A pair of initiatives on gun control had their second and likely last hearing Wednesday, with supporters and opponents disagreeing sharply on when giving a gun to another …


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 …


Kootenai County commissioners decline to vote on gun ordinance

Kootenai County commissioners opted against voting Tuesday on a proposed ordinance declaring all federal gun laws invalid and directing the sheriff to prevent enforcement of such laws. “Ultimately it’s not …


Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb gains an audience

SEATTLE – He takes them in stride, the nasty emails that come in three or four times a week. They’re not that many, but they display the raw emotion that …


Idaho Freedom Foundation downplays Rep. Mark Patterson email’s timing

BOISE – The timing of a supportive Idaho Freedom Foundation email blast praising an embattled state lawmaker’s failed gun rights legislation is raising eyebrows. The email arrived in the inbox …


Idaho Rep. Mark Patterson can carry gun without permit

BOISE – A legislator whose concealed weapon permit was revoked for lying about a long-ago rape case can still legally carry hidden guns – because Idaho is the only state …


Idaho legislator may lose concealed weapons permit

An Idaho legislator may lose his permit to carry a concealed weapon because a sheriff says the Republican’s application failed to disclose a 1974 guilty plea tied to a Florida …


NRA sets its sights on Washington state politics

SEATTLE – When it comes to local politics, the National Rifle Association appears to be keeping a close eye on Washington state. The prominent gun-rights group contributed more to local …


Otter woos gun makers to set up shop in Idaho

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants more guns and ammo produced in his state. Otter, a Republican, has sent letters to 79 firearms makers and ammunition producers in 28 …


Otter to gun, ammo makers: Move to Idaho

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has launched a push to attract gun and ammunition manufacturers to relocate to his state, sending pitch letters to 79 of them in 28 states and …