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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.

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 in Washington, the dueling gun initiatives are competing for the claim of “cops love my initiative better.” Initiative 591 would keep background checks the way they are now – sales from licensed gun dealers covered, private sales not – until federal law says different. Its supporters counted first coup in the race for cop commendations with the endorsement of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs. WACOPS, as the group with considerable clout is known around the Capitol, voted to go with I-591 and oppose Initiative 594 back in June after presentations on both measures.

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 public places are putting the pro-gun movement at risk with “downright weird” behavior. The gun-toting gatherings are scary, thoughtless and counterproductive “hijinx,” causing alarmed bystanders to question the motives of gun advocates and potentially generating support for restricting gun rights, according to a statement on the NRA Institute for Legislative Action website.

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 another case over whether Americans have a constitutional right to be armed outside the home.

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 without a permit.

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 leading advocates of killing the House-passed bill was Sen. Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, who is running for governor.

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 campus. The bill applies only to public college and university campuses, and exempts dormitories and indoor venues that seat more than 1,000. Only students 21 and older who have a state permit, or retired law enforcement officers, could carry concealed weapons on campuses.

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 lawmakers are pressing forward anyway. The bill appears likely to pass.

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 person would require a background check. Wednesday’s hearing by the Senate Law and Justice Committee didn’t have the same “star power” as Tuesday’s House hearing without former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and former astronaut Mark Kelly to speak in favor of Initiative 594. But it did feature more questions by legislators of the two initiatives’ sponsors, sparking a debate over what it means to “transfer” a firearm.

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 constitutional rights and pass a competing initiative. But even before testimony began in a packed hearing room Tuesday, it was clear the Legislature is likely to do neither.