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Dr. Zorba Paster: For safety, keep guns locked up, and educate children as early as possible

Dear Doc: I’m upset. My 12-year-old went to a friend’s house, where he played with a gun. It was unloaded, but, geez, it’s not safe. I did call the parents …


North Idaho’s ‘essential’ gun shops see increased business; Washingtonians seeking handguns will be turned away

Some North Idaho gun retailers have noticed a marked increase in business during the last few weeks in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, and that trend could continue with …


Virus fears fuel spike in sales of guns and ammunition

The world’s largest gun store, in metro Atlanta, has had lines that are six and eight people deep. A gun store in Los Angeles had lines that stretched down the …


UPDATED: Fri., March 6, 2020

Legislature approves law to create office focused on reducing gun violence

OLYMPIA – Washington likely will be the first state to create an office focused on reducing firearm violence through data analysis and a grant program to help communities and Indian …


UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

Gun control law for child care centers passes

A person bringing a gun or other weapon in or near a child care center could be charged with a gross misdemeanor under a bill passed Tuesday by the Legislature.


Prosecutors: Hawaii man led meth ring while councilman

U.S. prosecutors are asking a judge Friday to deny bail for an elected Hawaii councilman accused of running a drug-trafficking organization, supplying guns, conspiring with a gang leader, requesting sexual …


100 years ago in Spokane: Police show off arsenal of machine guns and sawed-off shotguns to dissuade would-be rioters

The Spokane Daily Chronicle ran a front page photo of 31 Spokane police officers armed with sawed-off shotguns and machine guns.


Teacher unions: Children terrified by active shooter drills

The nation’s two largest teachers unions are calling on schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 27, 2020

Man who shipped gun parts to Swedish neo-Nazis gets 7-plus years

A Washington state man convicted of gun crimes that included shipping firearm parts to neo-Nazis in Sweden was sentenced Monday to more than seven years in prison.


5 big issues the Washington Legislature will debate in 2020

Some years, the Legislature faces huge issues, spends months in partisan wrangling and needs extra weeks or even months to complete some tasks. 2020 might not be one of them.


Shawn Vestal: New red-flag gun laws are being used to prevent violence

Twelve extreme risk protection orders have been issued by Spokane courts since a new law took effect that allows courts to temporarily remove guns from people who are threatening themselves …


Sandy Hook lawsuit could force Remington to open books

A lawsuit against America’s oldest gunmaker is being watched closely


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

In gun buyback talk, how do you round up so many weapons?

Beto O’Rourke’s call to confiscate the millions of AR-15 and AK-47-style firearms has raised questions about how such a program would be carried out.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.