gun control

Gun Rights
3:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Tense Moments As Gun Rights Rally Spills Into Washington House Gallery

Jason McMillon was threatened with removal and arrest from the Washington House gallery for the ''tactical'' manner he was carrying his military-style pistol.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 5:04 pm

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

Read more
Gun Control
6:25 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

New Background Check Law Likely Stopped Prohibited Buyer At Washington Gun Show

FIle photo. Washington's new background check law took effect on December 4.
M Glasgow Flickr

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 6:12 pm

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.

Read more
Olympia Gun Rally
6:38 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Gun Rights Activists Rally At Washington Capitol

Dave Grenier allowed people to handle his handgun as an act of defiance against the new background check law. Grenier believes the law violates the Washington constitution.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

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.

Read more
Gun Rights
5:54 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Washington Capitol Prepares For Gun-Rights Rally Saturday

File photo. Several hundred gun rights advocates rallying at the Washington Capitol in January 2013.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 5:37 pm

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

Read more
Gun Control
5:56 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Gun Control Leader Unfazed By Gun Transfer Event

Opponents of Initiative 594 plan to openly exchange guns at a rally on Dec. 13 in protest of the new gun law.
Credit Auraelius / Flickr

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.

Read more
Washington Gun Initiatives
7:25 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Background Checks Just The Beginning, I-594 Supporters Say

Credit M Glasgow / Flickr

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.

Read more
Washington Gun Initiatives
6:01 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Washington Voters Approve Expanded Gun Background Checks

Credit M Glasgow / Flickr

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

Read more
Washington Gun Initiatives
8:26 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Faith Community Weighs In On Gun Initiatives

Washingtonians will vote on two opposing initiatives on background checks for firearms: 591 and 594. Religious organizations are some of the leading voices on the gun rights debate.
Credit M Glasgow / Flickr

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.

Read more
Washington Gun Initiatives
7:40 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Rural Farmers on Washington’s I-594: Make Your Gun Laws, But We Won’t Abide

Ben Wolf farms in the Palouse in southeast Washington.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

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.

Read more
Gun Background Checks
5:56 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Washington Background Check Measure Retains Healthy Lead

A man outside a gun rally in Washington earlier this year. According to the Elway Poll, more than half of gun owners say they plan to vote for the expanded background check measure.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Netwrk

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.

Read more

Pages