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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 way to completely deplete the stock of firearms in the country, he’s succeeded,” one Spokane Valley gun store owner said.

Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

President Barack Obama is announcing a $500 million package of executive actions and legislative proposals aimed at reducing gun violence a month after a mass shooting in Connecticut killed 20 elementary school children.

Early look at likely gun control proposals

President Barack Obama will unveil proposals Wednesday to curb gun violence, his response to the December massacre of 26 students and teachers at their elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The plan is to be based on recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden, Obama's point man for producing gun control measures to present to Congress.

NRA says assault weapons ban unlikely

 WASHINGTON – The president of the National Rifle Association expressed confidence Sunday that Congress will not pass a new ban on assault weapons, a major aim of gun-control proponents after last month’s killing of 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut.  “I would say that the likelihood is that they are not going to be able to get assault weapons ban through this Congress,” David Keene said on CNN’s “State Of The Union.”

NY legislative leaders buckle down on gun controls

ALBANY, N.Y. — As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to push his 2013 agenda in his State of the State speech today, legislators are working overtime behind closed doors to reach agreement on his demand for tighter controls on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

Mass murderers’ other commonality: AR-15

The guy who killed all those people at Sandy Hook Elementary used a Bushmaster AR-15 .223-caliber assault rifle with 30-round magazines. The guy who killed all those people in the Aurora, Colo., movie theater last summer used a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle with 100-round “drums.” The guy who shot up the mall near Portland a couple weeks ago used a Bushmaster AR-15.

Voter backlash lingers for supporters of weapons ban

As President Barack Obama set up a task force to recommend ways to prevent tragedies like the mass murders in Newtown, Conn., a progressive group in Washington joined the call Wednesday for a new ban on assault weapons. But anyone expecting quick, decisive action from Congress should realize the reluctance to discuss, let alone vote on, such a proposal is rooted in the last time one was passed and the election that followed.

Obama: Ban assault weapons

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama urged Congress on Wednesday to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, and said Vice President Joe Biden would lead an effort to stem an “epidemic of gun violence that plagues this country every single day.” Obama said he’d asked Biden to deliver his recommendations by next month, and the president pledged to move quickly to enact them.

Obama pressing for policy changes after shooting

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is asking a team led by Vice President Joe Biden to offer “concrete proposals” to curb gun violence no later than January, in the aftermath of the horrific massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

Some gun backers now signaling support for gun control talks

WASHINGTON — Democrats say meaningful action in the wake of the horrific school shootings in Connecticut must include a ban on military-style assault weapons and a look at how the nation deals with people suffering from serious mental illness.

Newtown plans burials as school’s future debated

NEWTOWN, Conn. — A grieving Connecticut town braced itself today to bury the first two of the 20 small victims of an elementary school gunman and debated when classes could resume — and where, given the carnage in the building and the children’s associations with it.

No easy fix to halt violence

In an address to the nation, President Barack Obama promised action to prevent future mass shootings in response to Friday’s killings at a Connecticut elementary school. In crafting potential policy changes in the Washington Legislature, state Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, will have a unique voice.

Will there be a time to talk gun control?

If only those 20 children had been armed. If only those children had been trained and licensed in conceal and carry, then maybe there would have been a way to avoid a mass shooting at an elementary school.

Spokane officials consider response to school shooting

In an address to the nation, President Barack Obama promised action to prevent future mass shootings in response to Friday’s mass murder at a Connecticut elementary school. In crafting possible related policy changes in the Washington State Legislature, state Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, will have a unique voice.

Court denies gun-ban appeal

CHICAGO – A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld ordinances barring the ownership of handguns in most cases in Chicago and suburban Oak Park, finding a Supreme Court ruling in a District of Columbia case doesn’t apply. The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in the National Rifle Association’s appeal of a judge’s ruling in December that upheld the Chicago and Oak Park ordinances.

Montana takes shot at federal gun control

HELENA – Montana is trying to trigger a battle over gun control – and perhaps make a larger point about what many folks in this ruggedly independent state regard as a meddlesome federal government. In a bill passed by the Legislature earlier this month, the state is asserting that guns manufactured in Montana and sold in Montana to people who intend to keep their weapons in Montana are exempt from federal gun registration, background checks and dealer-licensing rules because no state lines are crossed.