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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.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 6:28 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers debate gun rights and gun safety - not gun control

Rep. Heather Scott says she has an answer to school shootings: More retired law enforcement officers carrying concealed guns when they pick up their grandchildren from school. Scott proposed one …


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.

Colleges: Student protesters shouldn’t worry about admission

As some high school students face the threat of disciplinary action for participating in gun control demonstrations, dozens of colleges and universities are sending them a reassuring message: It won’t …


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: 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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Stuckart proposes gun tax to fund mental health services in Spokane

City Council President Ben Stuckart wants to levy a tax on sales of guns and ammunition within city limits, with the proceeds going to fund mental health programs. He’ll have …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, 7:11 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Another shooting, another wave of paralyzing congressional sorrow

Congress is super, super sad right now, you guys. Their hearts are broken. Their grief is boundless. Their minds are reeling.


Montana man takes up legendary relative’s gun making

Approximately 230 years ago, a master gunsmith in Pennsylvania left his mark during America’s Golden Age of rifle making. Now one of his distant relatives is taking up the family …


Guns in schools? Options explored in Kentucky after shooting

Hours after authorities say a 15-year-old student shot and killed two classmates at a western Kentucky high school, a Republican senator in the state’s Capitol rushed to file a bill …


My guns or my ganja? Firearm-owning pot fans face a choice

The federal government says grass and guns don’t mix, and that is putting gun owners who use marijuana – and the strongly pro-gun-rights administration of President Donald Trump – in …


Should police sell guns? Some chiefs say no

The Smith & Wesson 9 mm that Juhl used to kill himself in Yakima in 2014 was familiar to law enforcement: The Washington State Patrol had seized it years earlier …


Unruly man with guns arrested at Houston hotel

Houston police say an intoxicated man was arrested at a hotel ahead of a New Year’s Eve party for unlawfully carrying a weapon and trespassing after officers found several guns …


Shawn Vestal: Five years since Sandy Hook, Congress slumbers on gun safety

Five years ago today, 20 children and six adults were shot in class at a Connecticut school, and a lot of people thought it had finally, tragically arrived: The watershed. …


Air rifles improve to legal hunting status

If your idea of an air gun is the official Daisy Red Ryder Model 1938 lever-action BB gun that Ralphie’s mom said would put his eye out in “The Christmas …


Spin Control: Clash possible over new ‘no concealed guns in Senate Gallery’ rule

Some possible issues ahead for 2018 Legislature: gun rights in the Senate Gallery, censorship of social media, better training against sexual harassment.


Police: Policy banning guns for legal pot users under review

The Honolulu Police Department says it’s reviewing the policy requiring medical marijuana users to turnover their firearms following backlash from gun owners.


Guest opinion: Robin Ball: Adopt reciprocity for concealed carry permits

The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act will also clear up confusion for our law enforcement officers in all states as citizens’ travel around our nation.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 27, 2017, 12:11 p.m.

Supreme Court won’t review Maryland’s law banning sales of ‘assault weapons’

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a Maryland law banning the sale of semiautomatic guns with certain military-style features.


Guns were Black Friday must-haves, going by the FBI’s record 203,086 background-check requests

For decades, the term “Black Friday” has conjured up distinct images: Turkey-stuffed consumers awake at insanely early hours of the morning, bursting into big-box stores to fight over flat screen …