Gun Control

Gun Permits
5:19 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Government Agency Feels Brunt Of Increased Gun Permit Applications

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 6:22 pm

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. The rallies come as gun sales in the Northwest are brisk -- and so are the required background checks.

At the Aging and Disability Services office in Lacey, the fax machine drones on and on.

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Mental Health
6:19 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Shootings Push Mental Health Into Spotlight In Salem

The Clackamas town center, at which a shooting occurred late last year.
Credit Photo by Steve Morgan / Wikimedia Commons

Recent mass shootings in Oregon and Connecticut have thrust mental health issues into the spotlight. Some Oregon lawmakers and mental health advocates hope there's enough momentum to keep the conversation front and center. Unlike gun control, there is a consensus that appears to be emerging on funding mental health programs.

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Gun Rally
6:08 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Armed Gun Rights Advocates Rally At Washington Capitol

Scott Robertson, carrying an AR-15 style rifle. Robertson says military style rifles and clip capacity are not the problem
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Netwrk

Several hundred gun rights advocates – many of them armed – rallied at the Washington state Capitol Saturday. Their purpose was to protest any new gun control measures. Similar rallies were organized in Salem, Boise and Coeur d'Alene. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Gun Control
4:58 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Oregon Sheriffs Object To Gun Control Measures

  Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin has joined several other Oregon sheriffs in sending a letter to Vice President Joe Biden. He and sheriffs from Grant, Linn and Crook Counties oppose potential federal laws that could affect law-abiding gun owners.

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Washington Legislature
6:28 am
Mon January 14, 2013

New Political Dynamics, Budget Challenges Face Washington’s 2013 Legislature

Washington legislative leader at a pre-session forum for reporters and editors.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington lawmakers convene for the start of the 2013 session. They face a $2 billion budget problem, an unusual political dynamic in the state senate and hot button issues like gun control. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this preview.

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Inslee's Gun Stance
6:06 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Inslee Weighs In On Gun Control

As the federal debate over assault weapons continues, Washington’s Governor-elect Jay Inslee weighed in on the matter in his first public comments since the election.

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Connecticut Shooting Reaction
4:03 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Washington School Safety Chief Reacts To Connecticut Shooting

Mike Donlin, head of Washington’s School Safety Center, says all Washington schools now have safety plans.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

 Washington Governor-elect Jay Inslee says in the days to come he will be listening for ideas on how to prevent the kind of school violence that occurred in Connecticut Friday. Inslee did not indicate if that would include gun control proposals.

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Ammunition Magazines Ban
4:51 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Oregon Lawmakers Calls For Ban On Large Capacity Ammo Magazines

20-round aluminum AR-15 magazines
Credit Keith LaFaille / Flickr

An Oregon lawmaker wants to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines in the wake of Tuesday's shooting at the Clackamas Town Center.

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Seattle Gun Control
7:16 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Seattle City Council Will Seek Tighter Gun Control Rules

Seattle city council members say the spate of shootings in the city has heightened their interest in seeking new gun control regulations. But they say they’re proceeding carefully, since the city’s previous ban on guns in parks was struck down by the courts.

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