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Sue Lani Madsen: Initiative didn’t strengthen gun safety, it added stigma, layers of bureaucracy

Initiative 1639 raised the age for buying a rifle to 21 and requires an “enhanced background check.” The results are, by turns, stigmatizing for those with mental health issues, burdensome …

Texas shooter got gun at private sale; denied in 2014 check

A law enforcement official says a gunman who killed seven people in West Texas had obtained his AR-style rifle through a private sale, evading a federal background check that previously …

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 11:26 a.m.

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls “loopholes” doesn’t clear the …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 5:27 p.m.

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls “loopholes” doesn’t clear the …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019, 8:22 p.m.

Trump vows urgent action after shootings, offers few details

Speaking out against weekend mass shootings that rocked a nation, President Donald Trump on Monday called for bipartisan solutions to the bloodshed but offered few details and faced pointed questions …

UPDATED: Sat., March 23, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

AP-NORC Poll: Majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws

A majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws, and most believe places of worship and schools have become less safe over the last two decades, according to a new poll …

House approves bill to expand gun-sale background checks

The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 7:52 p.m.

Democrats push for background checks on all gun sales

Congressional Democrats on Tuesday launched a fresh push for the most significant gun control in years, unveiling legislation that would require background checks for firearm purchases.

UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 5:51 p.m.

Florida stopped doing gun permit checks for more than a year

For more than a year, Florida failed to do national background checks that could have disqualified people from gaining a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

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: 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 …

Alan Gottlieb and Dave Workman: Let’s agree on some gun-rights ground rules

It’s a right to keep and bear arms, not a heavily regulated government privilege, nor is it dependent upon service in a militia.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 4:32 p.m.

Sessions orders review of background check system for guns

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a far-ranging review of the FBI database used to check the backgrounds of prospective gun buyers, after the Air Force failed to report …

Stu Bykofsky: Calls for gun limits predictable, unrealistic

The majority of Americans don’t own guns, but haven’t yet been able to thwart the NRA and get access to what’s called “sensible gun control.”

Inslee signs gun background check notification bill

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that requires the notification of law enforcement and of people with protection orders if someone fails a background check after trying to buy …

UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Background check failures for gun purchases could be reported to Washington State Patrol under proposed legislation

Felons and other people who can’t legally buy guns would be reported to law enforcement when they fail a background check and potential victims could get a warning under a …

Past opinions offer perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Iran-contra, March 2, 1987

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 6:54 p.m.

Wary of ‘federal bullying,’ Idaho House kills FBI background check bill

The Idaho House on Monday killed legislation from the state Department of Labor to allow it to conduct FBI background checks on certain employees, even though the bill sponsor warned …

Regina Malveaux: Gun laws helping to protect women

We must continue to address the horrifying and unacceptable intersection of gun violence and domestic violence

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, 11:21 a.m.

State Rep. Matt Shea wants to repeal gun sale background checks approved by Washington voters

Spokane Valley legislator Rep. Matt Shea says he’ll introduce a bill to repeal a voter-approved law that requires background checks on most private gun sales.

New bill to require background checks for massage therapists

Massage therapists in Idaho would be required to undergo criminal background checks under recently introduced legislation. Mitch Toryanksi, with the Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses, says that Idaho law does …

Funding needed for gun sale database

Legislators tempted to stall on the backlog problem for another year should be looking over their shoulders. Everytown for Gun Safety, the anti-gun group, could see the lack of legislative …

Washington’s gun background check system needs fix, report says

Washington state’s system for conducting background checks on someone trying to buy a firearm is fragmented and “specific improvements” are needed.

Missoula to require background checks for private gun sales

A Montana city will require background checks for any private gun sales that occur within its borders.

Editorials: Can’t disengage from shootings if you want change

Viewed through the prism of our laws, we seem more frightened by the prospect of one legitimate purchaser being inconvenienced than a hundred dangerous people loading up on guns and …

Terrorist watch list no obstacle to buying weapons, data show

More than 90 percent of known or suspected terrorists who’ve attempted to buy weapons since 2004 have passed a background check and been approved for the purchase, new government statistics …

Gun-safety group wants new ballot measure

A gun-safety group is turning its attention to voters in Washington state after lawmakers failed to pass a bill to create “extreme-risk protection orders. These are orders that would let …

Ervin: Executive order stigmatizes disabled.

Putting those under psychiatric care on watch lists unfairly jeopardizes rights.

Shawn Vestal: Gun-show promoter’s changing story part of the ‘everybody knows’ problem

A year ago, as Washington’s new background check law had barely taken effect, the organizer of a Spokane gun show committed an unpardonable sin. He said the law had worked.

Gov. Jay Inslee orders more state data on gun violence

Gov. Jay Inslee ordered state agencies to come up with more data on gun deaths and determine whether people violating the state’s background check law are being prosecuted.