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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: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 6:25 a.m.

Locals react to Walmart’s decision to stop selling some ammo, discourage open carry

Walmart announced Tuesday it would no longer sell handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition.


Marianne Williamson: U.S. needs Department of Peace

America does not just have a gun crisis; it has a cultural crisis. America will not stop experiencing the effects of gun violence until we’re ready to face the many …


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 …


Barry A. Bush: I-1639 serves as needless roadblock

Washington state needs to enact exemptions to I-1639 for those who have submitted to previous background checks via the FBI and military.


Regina Malveaux: Washington is leading the way in disarming hate

Washington state has stood up to the gun lobby and their allies, including white supremacist militias. It’s time for our members of Congress to have the courage to do the …


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: Mon., June 24, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Divided Supreme Court strikes down gun law provision, rules against newspaper

The Supreme Court on Monday struck a section of a 1980s law that allows prosecutors to seek stiffer penalties for certain violent crimes involving firearms, finding that the provision does …


Did ‘silencer’ make a difference in Virginia Beach carnage?

The gunman in the Virginia Beach mass shooting used a firearm suppressor. Gun-control advocates call it the nightmare scenario they’ve been warning about


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

Virginia Beach shooting victims were veteran city employees

Virginia Beach officials Saturday sought to put the focus on the 12 people who were fatally shot in a government building, not the gunman. The guns recovered from the scene …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: People are dying for nothing

There is a better way to honor these martyrs’ courage.


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: Thu., March 21, 2019, 11:08 a.m.

New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns after mosque attacks

The government of New Zealand announced a ban on “military-style” semi-automatic firearms and high-capacity magazines Thursday, just a week after such weapons were used in attacks on two mosques in …


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 7:33 p.m.

Dick’s Sporting Goods to remove even more guns from shelves

Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc., which began scaling back gun sales in the wake of last year’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, is removing even more weapons from its shelves.


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: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019, 9:40 p.m.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson talks smoking age, marijuana, guns and Donald Trump in podcast

Ferguson said he’s confident the Washington Legislature will pass a bill this session increasing the legal smoking age to 21 and is eyeing a legal challenge to President Donald Trump’s …


Undocumented man sentenced to prison for organized cocaine trafficking in Eastern Washington

A man was sentenced in Spokane on Thursday to 19 years in federal prison for leading and organizing a years-long drug conspiracy.


Two Parkland moms now divided over guns

It’s an image that has become emblematic of the Parkland school massacre: two terrified moms outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, one of them a tall, weeping blonde with the black …


Detective’s report explains $7,000 loan involving Kettle Falls police chief’s stolen guns

The man who returned 27 stolen guns to the Kettle Falls police chief earlier this month appears to be the same man who met with the chief’s girlfriend last spring, …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

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.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:40 p.m.

So-called ‘murder insurance’ policies backed by the NRA for self-defense shootings deemed illegal in Washington

Insurance coverage backed by the NRA that would assist gun owners who later claimed self-defense in a shooting may no longer be sold in Washington state, regulators announced Tuesday. The …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 1:03 p.m.

Someone stole 29 guns from the Kettle Falls police chief. Twenty-eight are still missing.

Chris Courchene, the Kettle Falls police chief, told Stevens County sheriff’s detectives he had twice sent his girlfriend to meet a mysterious suspect and paid $1,250 in hopes of retrieving …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

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.


City Council votes to bar police from selling rifles

The Spokane Police Department will no longer be able to sell the guns it confiscates after the Spokane City Council approved an ordinance requiring the department to destroy guns instead …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 6:21 a.m.

Proposal would stop Spokane police from auctioning rifles

Police would be required to destroy rifles and shotguns that have been seized or abandoned rather than selling them to firearms dealers under a proposal being considered by the Spokane …


ATF: Hundreds of guns stolen in Memphis seized near Chicago

Most of the roughly 400 guns that were stolen from a United Parcel Service facility in Tennessee have been recovered in the Chicago area, federal authorities said.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

With court fight over, gun control measure goes around Legislature to voters

Supporters and opponents of gun control initiative campaign didn’t pause while the courts decided whether it would be on the ballot.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 8:18 p.m.

Police seize firearms and drugs after tip leads to East Central home

Spokane Police arrested three felons and seized multiple firearms out of a nuisance residence on Wednesday in East Central Spokane.


Guest Column: Smoking pot and smoking guns

Getting drunk and playing with a gun is a bad idea, as is taking too many pain pills and then deciding to go hunting.


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.