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Guest Column: Smoking pot and smoking guns

Getting drunk and playing with a gun is a bad idea, as is taking too many pain pills and then deciding to go hunting.


Group says it has 360,000 signatures to put gun-safety measure on Washington’s November ballot

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility plans to turn in about 360,000 signatures this week to get its proposed firearms-safety initiative on Washington’s November election ballot, a spokesman said Monday.


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 10:07 a.m.

Path of a gun: Weapon used in Chicago shooting traced back to Hayden pawn shop

The story of a gun, purchased in Hayden and used in a Chicago shooting, illustrates how, at alarming speed, guns can move into the black market, over state borders, into …


UPDATED: Thu., June 14, 2018, 10:24 p.m.

Sandy Hook group gives award to Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown calls for more action on gun violence

The group Sandy Hook Promise awarded the congresswoman for her work pushing legislation that authorized federal money for school training programs and measures like metal detectors to address school shootings. …


Sue Lani Madsen: Supporters of gun storage laws better off working with gun rights groups

It’s easy to convince ourselves that passing a law means a problem is solved, but not every problem is amenable to a legislative solution.


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 6:32 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Lack of action on safe storage for guns another sign lawmakers won’t deal with school shootings

A modest proposal: If you own a deadly thing – a thing that, when it does what it is meant to do, can kill people – then you should be …


Oklahoma governor vetoes gun carry bill in defeat for NRA

Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill late Friday that would have authorized adults to carry firearms without a permit or training, dealing a rare defeat to the National …


French anger mounts after Trump says Paris needs more guns

Former French President Francois Hollande has two words for U.S. President Donald Trump’s claim that gun-toting Parisians could have thwarted Islamic State attackers at Paris’ Bataclan concert hall: “indecent and …


UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018, 2:52 p.m.

Hundreds of Spokane students join nationwide protests against gun violence

Hundreds of Spokane students walked out of classes Friday to protest two decades of school gun violence that has left at least 130 dead and 255 injured across the country.


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 10:56 p.m.

Inslee, Nevada Democrats call for expanded background checks

Democrats urging more action to prevent gun violence will hold a press conference Thursday at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to call for expanded background checks and a ban …


UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 1:59 p.m.

Nuns, funds and guns: the firearms debate on Wall Street

Some of Wall Street’s heaviest hitters are stepping into the national debate on guns as investment firms ask firearms makers what they are doing about gun violence.


78 percent of gun deaths in Washington are by suicide. A new program to change that targets gun owners.

As student activists from Parkland, Florida have put a national spotlight on school shootings and gun violence, an unlikely coalition of public health workers and members of the gun industry …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Taylor Swift typically stays out of politics. Now she’s publicly supporting gun reform.

On Friday afternoon, Taylor Swift published an Instagram post that took many people by surprise: A logo for this weekend’s “March for Our Lives,” the student-led rally urging Congress to …


UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Thousands rally through downtown at Spokane’s March For Our Lives

Flurries of snow blew across Riverfront Park as thousands of people, many of them middle- and high-school students, rallied against gun violence Saturday.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Otter lets ‘stand your ground’ law take effect, though he says it would OK shooting mischievous kids

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter on Wednesday allowed a “stand your ground” gun-rights bill to become law without his signature – though he said it would legally allow mischievous Idaho kids …


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 7:16 p.m.

Superstore chain Fred Meyer to stop selling guns, ammo

Superstore company Fred Meyer said it will stop selling guns and ammunition.


UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 9:07 a.m.

Spokane County GOP weighs gun raffle at annual fundraiser; Chaffetz to speak

The Spokane County GOP is considering whether to continue raffling guns as part of its annual Lincoln Day fundraiser, said Stephanie Cates, chairwoman of the party.


Mark S. Knapp: School marshals a common-sense solution

There are once again many heated discussions about how to stop the carnage in our schools.


Legislature fails to pass bill to let patrol destroy guns

The Washington state Legislature ended its latest session without passing a bill that would allow the State Patrol to destroy firearms confiscated during criminal investigations, instead of trading them with …


UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

Idaho House passes ‘stand your ground’ law, 57-12

Idaho lawmakers passed a “stand your ground” law on Tuesday that supporters said will simply write into law provisions that have existed in Idaho case law and jury instructions for …


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

Trump backs off call for raising minimum age to buy gun

The White House on Sunday pledged to help states pay for firearms training for teachers and reiterated its call to improve the background check system as part of a new …


UPDATED: Sat., March 10, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

A look at how background checks are conducted for gun buys

When someone buys a weapon from a gun dealer in the U.S., they are subjected to a background check to see if they have a criminal record, mental illness or …


Aaron Stark: If I could’ve gotten a gun, I would have been a school shooter

At the lowest point in my life, I almost did the most horrible thing imaginable. I grew up in a very chaotic and violent household. My mother tried to take …


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Idaho House rejects bill to keep guns away from domestic abusers

After an emotional debate, the Idaho House on Tuesday narrowly rejected legislation to mirror federal law by barring those convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence against an intimate partner from possessing …


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 4:02 p.m.

Idaho Senate backs ‘stand your ground’ gun law on party-line vote

The Idaho Senate has passed a “stand your ground” gun law on a 29-6 party-line vote, with all Senate Republicans voting in favor and all Senate Democrats voting against.


Congress’ immigration push sputters as guns grab attention

It’s taken just two weeks for Washington’s immigration battle to fade from blistering to back-burner. Lawmakers now seem likely to do little or nothing this election year on an effort …


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 10:33 p.m.

Where they stand: McMorris Rodgers and Brown on gun control, background checks

Both Lisa Brown and Cathy McMorris Rodgers support bans on bump stocks, but some of their positions on other gun issues are significantly different.


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: Wed., Feb. 28, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Trump puts GOP in the hot seat on guns – for now

Putting fellow Republicans in the hot seat, President Donald Trump called for speedy and substantial changes to the nation’s gun laws on Wednesday, criticizing lawmakers in a White House meeting …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 7:26 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Inslee can stand up to Trump, but can he stand up to the Legislature?

If Gov. Jay Inslee was not going to spend Monday vetoing the public records end-run the Legislature granted itself last week, at least he was doing the next best thing.