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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.


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: 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 …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers talks immigration and addresses concerns that sheriffs won’t enforce gun initiative

Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers stuck to her positions on immigration, the border wall and President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency during a Medical Lake town hall, saying …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019

Spokane County detectives investigating Facebook threats against Washington sheriffs

“Ozzie Knezovich is gonna get a bullet in his skull,” one of the Facebook posts said.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

Stevens County sheriff vows to ignore voter-approved Initiative 1639

Stevens County Sheriff Brad Manke said on Friday that he will not enforce Initiative 1639, which brings sweeping changes for gun purchases, storage and background checks.


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.


Gun-rights supporters sue to block I-1639

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


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018

Gun sellers expect sales bump after Washington voters approve new rules

Starting next year,


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018

6 election maps that reveal the desires of Spokane voters

During the 2018 election cycle, voters in the region appear to be split along geographic, as well as party, lines. We depict that split in 6 races.


Ami Strahan and Dr. Michael Van Dyke: Prevent another Freeman: Vote yes on 1639

Join us in voting Yes on Initiative 1639 this November to help prevent tragedies like the Freeman shooting from happening again.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018

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: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018

State Supreme Court orders gun control initiative back on Washington’s November ballot

Washington voters will get to vote on a gun control initiative this November after all.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018

Gun control initiative ordered off ballot

A gun-control initiative should not go on the November ballot because the petitions that some 378,000 voters signed were not readable, a Thurston County Superior Court judge said.


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018

Gun control initiative passes signature check, gets new legal challenge

Initiative 1639, a gun control measure, has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, but faces a new lawsuit.


UPDATED: Mon., July 9, 2018

Gun control campaign turns in signatures for I-1639

Supporters of gun control initiative turn in more than 267,000 signatures.


UPDATED: Thu., July 5, 2018

Court rejects bid to keep gun-control measure off ballot

An effort to get the Washington Supreme Court to block a proposed gun-control initiative was dismissed.


Renee Hopkins: The conversation on guns is changing

There are several points in Sue Lani Madsen’s recent column (“We need culture change, not a law”) that are inaccurate, but we agree that when it comes to gun responsibility: …


Sue Lani Madsen: Supporters of gun storage laws better off working with gun rights groups

It’s easy to convince ourselves that passing a law means a problem is solved, but not every problem is amenable to a legislative solution.