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Gun injuries cost Americans $730 million a year in hospital bills

Americans paid more than $6.6 billion over eight years to care for victims of gun violence, according to a new tally of hospital bills. And U.S. taxpayers picked up at …


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017

Concealed weapon amendment clears Idaho House committee

A proposal from Rep. Don Cheatham, R-Post Falls, to exempt active military members from the requirement that they be Idaho residents in order to carry a concealed gun without a …


Assault weapon owners in Washington won’t need licenses

With time running out on many proposed changes to Washington gun laws, a proposal to license some semi-automatic weapons died in a House committee, but a revised version of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017

Gun control advocates in Washington see their best chance yet for tougher laws

Gun control advocates make the push for restrictions on semi-automatic weapons, require safes or lock boxes in homes.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017

Spokane County sheriff ‘dumbfounded’ by repeal of rule barring mentally ill from buying guns

News that the U.S. House of Representatives had repealed a rule banning mentally ill people from buying guns left Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich confused Thursday afternoon.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 18, 2017

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.


Early ideas on guns, abortion, unions for the 2017 Legislature

Some lawmakers were busy in the off month drafting proposals for the 2017 session.


Spokane Valley could become a Second Amendment sanctuary city under councilman’s proposal

A city councilman wants Spokane Valley to declare itself a Second Amendment sanctuary city and symbolically proclaim the city’s support for its citizens’ right to keep and bear arms.


In some parts of open-carry America, even a trip to Wal-Mart can require an AR-15

In a country of relaxing gun laws where it’s now legal to open-carry in 45 states and there are 14.5 million people with carry permits, every day seems to bring …


Vestal: Can a modest proposal to keep guns from troubled family members pass? An initiative aims to find out

How well a gun-control initiative fares with voters this fall may tell us whether we’re at the tip of a wave – where modest proposals to make the country safer …


Clinton camp condemns Trump’s call to disarm bodyguards

Donald Trump was making his usual sarcastic call for Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service agents to be stripped of their firearms when he added an aside to his rally remarks: “Let’s …


Gun rights activists sue Katie Couric over documentary edits

Virginia gun rights activists have filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric and other makers of a documentary over an edit they say misrepresented the activists’ response to …


Firestorm after Trump says gun backers might stop Clinton

Donald Trump said Tuesday that Second Amendment advocates might find a way to stop Hillary Clinton from rolling back gun rights if she’s elected, setting off a political firestorm as …


Dems demand gun votes, loudly, in 2-minute House session

House Democrats continued their disruptive demands for votes on gun control Tuesday, though this time it lasted less than two minutes.


Missouri governor vetoes sweeping gun rights bill

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a gun measure Monday that would allow the concealed carry of firearms without a permit and expand residents’ rights to stand and fight against perceived …


After Orlando, slight cracks in gun-rights’ grip on Congress

The mere introduction Friday of a proposal backed by five Republicans and four Democrats highlights the post-Orlando, election-year pressures some lawmakers feel for action. One sponsor said that when the …


Shawn Vestal: Far-right fake charities target true conservatives

Maxine Bell is almost certainly headed toward the happy conclusion of a 30-year career as a rock-solid, budget-minded Idaho conservative legislator.


Sweeping gun-control measures get California Senate OK

Democrats in the California Senate made another attempt Thursday to outlaw the sale of assault weapons with easily detachable ammunition magazines as part of a wide-ranging slate of gun control …


Idaho Senate approves bill on concealed carry permits

Idahoans 21 or older wouldn’t need a permit to carry a concealed gun inside city limits in the state, under legislation that passed the Senate Wednesday on a 27-8 vote.


Idaho Senate panel backs permitless concealed-carry gun bill

New legislation to let Idahoans age 21 or over carry concealed guns without permits inside city limits cleared a Senate committee Monday on a 6-3 vote.


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 …


Gun activist Anthony Bosworth receives $250 fine for carrying rifle at courthouse

U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Rodgers on Wednesday handed down a $250 fine to Anthony Bosworth, the gun rights activist who openly carried an assault rifle on federal courthouse grounds …


Pennsylvania gun rights for sex offender lands in Idaho Supreme Court

A former Idaho man’s problems convincing the state of Pennsylvania he should have the right to bear arms landed in the Idaho Supreme Court Tuesday, as the justices heard an …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 15, 2015

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 …


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. …


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 …