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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 media postings about gun rights.

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 used so effectively to fight drunken driving and expand gay rights. Everytown for Gun Safety and its subsidiary, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, have helped push six states since 2013 to adopt more background checks on gun sales – what they consider the single most important measure to prevent shootings. They have also helped thwart legislation in several states that would make it easier to obtain firearms and carry them in more places such as schools.

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 given the freshness of the week-old tragedy, he said, “Today, it’s about the families.”

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 weapons. They were joined by Washington state Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley – who described the event as a “defiance against tyranny” – and Idaho state Rep. Heather Scott of Blanchard, both Republicans.

Shawn Vestal: Gun rights advocates take risk by objecting to bill

They’ve got your number, gun grabbers. The gun lobby has again helped undermine a piece of common-sense public safety legislation. The proposal, Washington House Bill 1857, would have allowed judges to issue temporary “extreme risk” protective orders against people deemed dangerous to themselves and others, including requiring them to temporarily surrender their guns.

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 law is no law at all,” said the Spokane Valley Republican, who is also a private attorney. He told activists the measure that passed in November violates state and federal constitutions. But the right to bear arms is inalienable and can’t be taken away by voters or the courts.

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 all," said Shea told about 300 protesters on the Capitol Building steps.

Hundreds protest I-594 at Olympia gun-rights rally

OLYMPIA – Hundreds of gun-rights advocates, some dressed in camouflage and a few wearing Santa hats, gathered Saturday on the Capitol grounds to denounce the background-check law Washington voters approved last month. A crowd estimated between 600 and 800 by the Washington State Patrol – and between 1,000 to 2,000 by organizers – cheered as a string of speakers called Initiative 594 unenforceable and “a constitutional abomination.” Some carried rifles, others shotguns, still others pistols or other handguns. One had a sheathed broadsword.

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. But there may be a flaw in the plan. What they say they’re going to do – “openly exchange guns” by handing them to someone else – isn’t against Initiative 594, according to Bob Calkins, spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, which provides law enforcement on the Capitol grounds. They won’t be arrested or cited for doing that.