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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019

Rep. Matt Shea urges crowd to resist gun restrictions with firearms ‘behind every blade of grass’

Rep. Matt Shea calls for a gun behind every blade of grass and people willing to fight gun control.


It’s a Twitter war: Doctors clash with NRA over gun deaths

The photos from doctors came quickly and in succession: blood-stained operating rooms, blood-covered scrubs and shoes, bullets piercing body parts and organs.


Gun-rights supporters sue to block I-1639

Spokane gun dealer, others challenge Initiative 1639 in federal court.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018

Republic, Washington, considers becoming a ‘sanctuary city’ to protect gun rights

The City Council of Republic, Washington is mulling legislation to countermand from state and national laws that limit Second Amendment gun rights, including the recently passed Initiative 1639.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018

Petition asks Trump to block I-1639

A former congressional candidate wants President Donald Trump to keep Initiative 1639 from becoming law.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018

Gun sellers expect sales bump after Washington voters approve new rules

Starting next year,