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Gun rights and gun control advocates are reacting to the first prosecution under Washington’s Initiative 594, the 2014 law that requires a background check for person-to-person gun sales.

Gun rights and gun control advocates are reacting to the first prosecution under Washington’s Initiative 594, the 2014 law that requires a background check for person-to-person gun sales.

The case involves a former Oak Harbor, Washington, resident named Mark Mercado who allegedly gave or sold a .22-caliber pistol to an acquaintance last November. Prosecutors said that gun was then used a day later in the murder of 17-year-old John Skyler Johnson, known as “Jay.”

In what’s believed to be the first prosecution under a 2014 voter-approved background check law, a former Oak Harbor, Washington, resident has been charged with illegally transferring a .22-caliber pistol that was later used in a homicide.


 A ban on military-style weapons could come to Washington state.

Today Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced he'll propose a ban during the upcoming legislative session.

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A coalition of groups and lawmakers is calling for legislation banning military-style assault weapons in Washington and Oregon.

“Do you believe guns in the home make you less safe?”

“Who do you believe should legally be allowed to carry a concealed pistol on college campuses?”

Those are the kinds of questions political candidates are getting this year from gun control and gun rights groups.

Gun buyers in Oregon could have to wait longer to get a weapon if there's a delay in processing their criminal background check. The Oregon House narrowly approved the measure Monday.

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Advocates for gun safety launched a new initiative campaign in Washington today .

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility is pushing a measure that would give families a new tool in preventing gun violence.

You’ve heard of sex offender registries. The state of Washington also has a registry for people convicted of gun-related felonies. But it’s hardly used.

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he's taking executive action in an attempt to reduce gun violence. But his actions will mean few immediate changes for many gun buyers in the Northwest.

Washington’s voter-approved background check law for private gun sales has been in effect for a year. But so far there’ve been no reports of arrests or prosecutions.

Two years ago, Washington lawmakers created a registry for individuals convicted of a gun-related felony. The law was sold as a way to improve police officer safety by creating a database just for them.

“A profound sense of loss.”

Those are the words Washington Governor Jay Inslee used to describe the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill Monday that will require criminal background checks for anyone who buys a gun from a private party.

Supporters and opponents of a measure that would require criminal background checks on private gun sales testified at the Oregon Capitol Wednesday.

Oregon lawmakers appear to moving ahead on a measure that would require criminal background checks on most private gun sales.

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another round of debate over firearm regulations.

Idaho Gun Rights Advocates Oppose NRA-Backed Guns Bill

Mar 17, 2015

A bill backed by the NRA in the Idaho House turned out some unlikely opponents Monday: Idaho gun owners.

From a proposed “stand your ground” law to a proposal to make it a crime to unsafely store a gun, gun rights and gun control measures abound in the Washington legislature this year.

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We’ve seen rallies and demonstrations against Washington’s new voter-approved background check law. But now a gun rights group is planning a “we will not comply” gun show.

Guns are allowed in the Washington state Capitol, but state law makes it illegal to carry a firearm in a manner designed to intimidate.

Washington’s new voter-approved background check law appears to have prevented the sale of a rifle to a man with a warrant out for his arrest.

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Several hundred gun rights activists rallied at Washington’s capitol Saturday to protest the new voter-approved law that requires background checks for person-to-person gun sales and transfers. Most participants in the "I Will Not Comply" rally were openly carrying handguns or rifles or both.

The state of Washington is preparing for as many as 6,000 gun-rights advocates to attend a rally at the Capitol on Saturday.

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Washington’s ballot measure requiring universal background checks for gun sales takes effect Thursday. 

Opponents of Initiative 594 are protesting what they see as overly broad restrictions on gun transfers. They plan to openly exchange guns at a rally in Olympia on Dec. 13 under the banner “I Will Not Comply.” But sponsors of the new law said the transfer provision will not infringe the rights of legal gun owners.

Sandy Brown is the president of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility.

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Washington’s Initiative 594 requires universal background checks for gun purchases and transfers. Initial results show the measure passing with nearly 60% of the vote . The opposing measure to bar expanded background checks, Initiative 591, has fallen short of passing so far. Backers of 594 say they are energized by this victory.

With the likely passage of Initiative 594, Washington has joined a handful of other states that require universal background checks for gun sales. Supporters say this success is just the beginning of their efforts.

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Washington voters have overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure to expand background checks for person-to-person gun sales and transfers.

Faith Community Weighs In On Gun Initiatives

Oct 22, 2014
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This November, Washingtonians will vote on two opposing initiatives on background checks for firearms: 591 and 594. Some of the leading voices on the gun rights debate have come from religious organizations. Reporter Ryan Katz tells us how communities of faith have been viewing this issue.

On a Friday evening in late September, a couple hundred people arrive at the United Methodist Church in Queen Anne to listen to some classical music. But this particular event was not supposed to happen here, and not now. It was meant to happen at Seattle Pacific University, in June.

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In rural parts of the Northwest, many believe owning a gun is sort of like owning a garden trowel. You just have one or two around. In November, Washington voters will decide on two gun-related initiatives. I-594, aims to close loopholes on gun sales without background checks and fresh polls say it’s likely to pass. In rural areas, some people are skeptical the initiative will hit its intended target.

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A ballot measure to expand background checks for gun sales in Washington has lost some support, but still enjoys a healthy lead. That’s according to the latest Elway Poll released Monday. Meanwhile, a competing gun rights measure appears to be in trouble.