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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 …


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.


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.


Texas man in 3D-printed firearms case welcomes legal battle

Wilson posted how-to plans for his gun online and said he wanted to do the same for future 3D-printed firearms, launching a national debate – and a still-raging legal battle …


Texas company cleared to put 3D-printed gun designs online

After spending years fighting the federal government for the right to do so, a Texas company was given the green light to post blueprints online showing people how to make …


Group says it has 360,000 signatures to put gun-safety measure on Washington’s November ballot

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility plans to turn in about 360,000 signatures this week to get its proposed firearms-safety initiative on Washington’s November election ballot, a spokesman said Monday.


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 3:32 p.m.

School safety panel will not look at guns, DeVos says

The federal school safety commission set up after the deadly shooting at a Florida high school will not examine the role of guns in school violence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos …


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 9:51 p.m.

Refugees, students and Marshallese health all make Inslee’s Spokane agenda

In a series of stops throughout the city Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee heard from refugees, the local Marshallese community, students concerned with gun violence in schools and students with a …


UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 10:41 p.m.

New gun laws seek to protect victims of domestic violence, prevent suicide

New laws allow courts to take guns away from people who commit domestic violence harassers, voluntary surrender for people who fear they may commit suicide.


UPDATED: Wed., March 14, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Students to lawmakers: Act on gun violence or we will boot you out

Students and adults gather on the steps at the state Capitol after school walkouts to protest gun violence.


Students to lawmakers: ‘we will boot you out’ for lack of action on gun violence

Students and adults gather on the steps at the state Capitol after school walkouts to protest gun violence.


UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018, 10:07 p.m.

Inslee signs bump stock ban

Gov. Jay Inslee signs bump stock ban, but the Senate delays a debate over new restrictions on semi-automatic rifles and school security measures.


UPDATED: Thu., March 1, 2018, 9:36 p.m.

Panel approves changes for semi-auto rifle restrictions

Supporters of restrictions and tougher background checks for semi-automatic “assault” weapons make changes to bill in effort to get it to pass.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 23, 2018, 9:06 p.m.

Bump stock ban passes House

House passes bump stock ban, sends it back to the Senate.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Domestic violence harassers could lose gun rights

Senate votes to take guns away from people convicted of domestic violence harassment.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Senate votes to ban bump stock devices

The Senate voted to ban “bump stock” devices that can allow a semi-automatic weapon to fire almost as rapidly as an automatic weapon.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 23, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Domestic violence harassment could cost abusers their guns

A person convicted of domestic violence harassment could be forced to surrender their guns under a bill being considered by a Senate committee.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 10:50 p.m.

Both sides gearing up for fight over gun control bills in Washington Legislature

Fight over gun control legislation heating up with a protest Friday and major hearing set for Monday.


Turkey hunters stalk each other; then one of them fires

Soon after his shotgun’s blast, the hunter sprinted toward what he thought was a coveted prize: the wild turkey gobbler he’d been calling to and watching. But Kenneth Dienst found …


UPDATED: Tue., March 7, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers reject bill calling for gun-safety classes in the state’s schools

After much debate and lots of questions, an Idaho House panel rejected legislation Tuesday encouraging the state’s schools to offer elective gun-safety classes.


House panel kills proposal encouraging gun safety in schools

An Idaho House panel has spiked legislation encouraging public schools to offer gun safety courses as electives.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017, 10:01 p.m.

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, 4:14 p.m.

Lawmakers and Inslee push for more statewide gun measures

Gov. Jay Inslee and state lawmakers are pushing to pass legislation that would force people to store their guns safely and would fix what some call a loophole in the …


Spokane follows state trend on gun initiative, bucks it on minimum wage

Spokane voters supported new court orders to prevent gun violence but opposed a higher minimum wage.


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 …


Quick action by professor kept UCLA gunman from escaping

LOS ANGELES – UCLA professor Ajit Mal was in his office Wednesday getting ready to teach his 10 a.m. engineering class when he heard two pops. He came out of …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 8, 2015, 11:06 p.m.

Vestal: ‘They’re coming for your guns’ paranoia makes a mockery of real victims of mass shootings

Maybe you thought the nine dead and the torn-apart community of Roseburg, Ore., were the victims of the latest school gun massacre. But in this case, as with all of …


Gun toddler used to shoot mom was in purse’s holster

Veronica Rutledge grew up around guns in North Idaho and retained her interest in them as a wife and young mother. She was a hunter and a recreational shooter who …


Veteran chases down, detains burglary suspect

As concealed weapons permit holders, Jared and Heather Martin regularly talk to their 12-year-old daughter about gun safety and responsibility. They have already started using Tuesday morning as their prime …