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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 4:29 p.m.

McConnell says Congress in ‘holding pattern’ on gun control

Six weeks after a pair of mass shootings killed more than 30 people, Congress remains “in a holding pattern” on gun control as lawmakers await proposals from the White House, …


New Zealand plans further restrictions to gun ownership

Six months after a gunman killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques, New Zealand’s government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 5:48 p.m.

Senators pitch Trump on expanded gun background check bill

Senators pushing to require background checks for private gun sales made a fresh pitch to President Donald Trump on Wednesday amid continued gridlock over legislation to curb gun violence following …


Gun legislation stalls as congressional leaders trade barbs

Congress appears no closer to approving legislation to curb gun violence as President Donald Trump wavers.


McConnell says he’s waiting on Trump to chart path on guns

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans are waiting on the White House to chart a path forward on gun violence legislation


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019, 10:27 p.m.

Gun owners look beyond the NRA for representation

As the National Rifle Association’s troubles pile up, firearms owners are joining forces with an unlikely ally – gun control groups. At the same time, various pro-gun organizations at the …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 11:10 a.m.

Trump eyes mental institutions as answer to gun violence

When shots rang out last year at a high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving 17 people dead, President Donald Trump quickly turned his thoughts to creating more mental institutions.


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: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Unified Dems press Trump, GOP on curbing guns

Democrats pressed President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday to approve House-passed legislation expanding background checks and to take other steps curbing guns, in an offensive …


Francis Wilkinson: ‘Guns don’t kill people, bullets do’

Americans buy guns designed and marketed as hyper-lethal. They fill their magazines with bullets specifically manufactured to rip human bodies to shreds and make human lives unsavable.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 11:02 p.m.

McConnell wants to consider gun background checks in fall

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants to consider background checks and other gun violence bills when lawmakers return.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers defends right to own guns, criticizes Donald Trump’s rhetoric in Spokane town hall

The eight-term congresswoman said she couldn’t support a ban on the sale of assault-style weapons but would support laws that would create a path for guns to be taken away …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 5:12 p.m.

McConnell, GOP Senate unlikely to act swiftly on guns

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is resisting pressure to bring senators back from recess to address gun violence.


Democrats: Trump should demand Senate vote on gun bill

If President Donald Trump is serious about strengthening gun laws in the wake of two mass shootings, he should demand that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put a House-passed bill …


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: Tue., July 9, 2019, 4:46 p.m.

GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session

Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after …


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 8:34 a.m.

New I-1639 rules for buying a semi-automatic rifle start today

New rules for buying a semi-automatic rifle, storing firearms in Washington start today.


After massacre, Virginia governor demands action on guns

Four days after the deadly mass shooting in Virginia, the governor is calling on lawmakers to return this summer to take up gun-control legislation


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 9:02 a.m.

‘Ghost gun’ ban, other firearms laws signed

New gun laws could be “model” for rest of country, Gov. Jay Inslee says.


John Hart: I gave up my gun after the New Zealand mosque shootings. Why are Americans mad at me for it?

A few New Zealanders have an emotional attachment to their firearms, as they might with any piece of equipment that had served them well over a lifetime. But no one …


UPDATED: Wed., March 27, 2019, 6:41 a.m.

Ban on ‘ghost guns’ made on 3D printers considered by Washington Senate committee

Senate committee reconsiders ban on untraceable “ghost guns” made from 3D printers.


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 9:54 a.m.

After mosque attacks, New Zealand banning ‘military-style’ guns

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced an immediate ban Thursday on sales of “military-style” semi-automatic and automatic weapons like the ones used in the attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that …


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 6:52 a.m.

Washington Legislature approves bill to buy back bump stocks for $150 each before they become illegal

Bump-stock buyback program will be quick, if the Legislature agrees to a plan that comes up with the money.


Gun rules for child care centers pass Senate

Senate passes restrictions on guns in day care centers.


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Gun dealers must follow gun control initiative, Inslee and Ferguson warn

Washington gun dealers will be required to conduct enhanced background checks when selling semi-automatic rifles starting July 1, even if they disagree with the initiative that requires them, Gov. Jay …


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 …


Trump threatens to veto gun bills pushed by Democrats

President Donald Trump is threatening to veto two Democratic bills expanding federal background checks on gun purchases, saying they do not sufficiently protect gun owners’ Second Amendment rights.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019, 9:52 p.m.

Libraries, parks dropped from Washington gun-free zone proposal

Proposed additions to gun-free zones advance but don’t include libraries.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 7:27 a.m.

Libraries, parks and child-care facilities would become gun-free zones under Washington Senate bill

Public libraries, parks and child care facilities could be added to the list of gun-free zones in Washington in what supporters say is an effort to keep children safe in …