background checks http://nwpr.org en Oregon To Investigate Failed Firearm Background Checks http://nwpr.org/post/oregon-investigate-failed-firearm-background-checks <p>Oregon state troopers are now being dispatched when a person tries to buy a gun but fails the background check. It comes after critics complained that state laws that ban certain categories of people from buying guns were not being enforced.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:46:10 +0000 Chris Lehman 48327 at http://nwpr.org Oregon To Investigate Failed Firearm Background Checks Carfax For Candidates? Non-Profit Offers Politician Background Checks http://nwpr.org/post/carfax-candidates-non-profit-offers-politician-background-checks <p>It’s a mid-term election year. Even so, some 300 candidates are vying for 162 local, state and federal positions in Washington state alone. So who are these would-be officeholders and what kind of troubles may they have had in the past? Formal background checks for candidates are not a part of the typical vetting process. But a former candidate wants to change that.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:47:28 +0000 Austin Jenkins 46041 at http://nwpr.org Carfax For Candidates? Non-Profit Offers Politician Background Checks Gun Control Fight Heads Toward Wash. Ballot http://nwpr.org/post/gun-control-fight-heads-toward-wash-ballot <p>Advocates for stricter gun laws in Washington state launched a campaign today to take the issue to voters.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This comes after state lawmakers voted down a similar bill to expand background checks on gun sales.</span></p><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 23:41:38 +0000 Liz Jones 26703 at http://nwpr.org Gun Control Fight Heads Toward Wash. Ballot Mandatory Background Checks For Gun Sales Dies In Washington House http://nwpr.org/post/mandatory-background-checks-gun-sales-dies-washington-house <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/031213AJ_GunReferendum_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">OLYMPIA, Wash. – A controversial proposal to require criminal background checks for most gun purchases appears to have died in the Washington House. That announcement came Tuesday night after two days of efforts to wrangle enough votes to pass the measure.</span><p>For a time it looked like backers had the 50 votes they needed to pass the universal background check measure – if they agreed to send it to voters for final approval. Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:26:11 +0000 Austin Jenkins 24205 at http://nwpr.org Mandatory Background Checks For Gun Sales Dies In Washington House Washington Universal Gun Checks Measure Loses Pivotal Supporter http://nwpr.org/post/washington-universal-gun-checks-measure-loses-pivotal-supporter <p>The fate of a universal background check measure in the Washington state House could be decided this week. Wednesday is a key cut-off deadline. Recently the gun control measure lost a pivotal “yes” vote. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains. Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:51:44 +0000 Austin Jenkins 24084 at http://nwpr.org Washington Universal Gun Checks Measure Loses Pivotal Supporter Washington Sheriffs, Police Chiefs Say Pistol Database Is Valuable Tool http://nwpr.org/post/washington-sheriffs-police-chiefs-say-pistol-database-valuable-tool <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030413AJ_Cops_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Efforts to get gun rights leaders in Washington to support -- or at least not oppose -- universal background checks appear to have hit a stumbling block. At issue is a state database that tracks pistol sales. Second Amendment advocates want it shut down, but the state’s sheriffs and police chiefs say it’s a vital law enforcement tool.<p>Every time a licensed gun dealer in Washington sells a handgun, that information is uploaded into the state’s pistol database. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 01:38:38 +0000 Austin Jenkins 23723 at http://nwpr.org Washington Sheriffs, Police Chiefs Say Pistol Database Is Valuable Tool Bill Regulating Private Gun Sales Passes Committee http://nwpr.org/post/bill-regulating-private-gun-sales-passes-committee <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/021913AKoly_Rodne_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill to require background checks for private gun sales is one step closer to a final vote. Tuesday, members of a Washington House committee voted seven to six.<p>Republican Rep. Jay Rodne opposed the bill, saying it would not be enforceable.<p>“We’re going to drain precious law enforcement resources to policing this measure,” he says.<p>But, Republican Rep. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:17:46 +0000 23008 at http://nwpr.org Bill Regulating Private Gun Sales Passes Committee Government Agency Feels Brunt Of Increased Gun Permit Applications http://nwpr.org/post/government-agency-feels-brunt-increased-gun-permit-applications <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/020713AKoly_GunLobby_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>LACEY, Wash. – Thousands of gun owners plan to rally in Olympia and Salem Friday. They’re showing their support for the second amendment and opposition to gun control proposals. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 01:19:15 +0000 22412 at http://nwpr.org Government Agency Feels Brunt Of Increased Gun Permit Applications Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Eye Universal Background Gun Checks http://nwpr.org/post/washington-and-oregon-lawmakers-eye-universal-background-gun-checks-0 <p></p><p>Democratic lawmakers in both Washington and Oregon are working on measures to require background checks for all gun sales. A universal check proposal was introduced Wednesday in the Washington House. A similar bill is expected in the Oregon Senate soon. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:52:05 +0000 Austin Jenkins 21986 at http://nwpr.org Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Eye Universal Background Gun Checks