gun laws

State High Court: Seattle Can Continue Taxing Gun Sales

Aug 10, 2017
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Washington's Supreme Court has ruled that Seattle's gun tax is constitutionally valid and can continue. Gun rights advocates have argued Seattle's firearms tax is effectively a regulation on gun sales. They called the tax unconstitutional due to a Washington law that gives the state, not a city, the authority to regulate firearms.

Gun dealers in Washington state will soon be required to report when someone tries to buy a gun and fails a background check. Gov. Jay Inslee signed that requirement into law Wednesday as part of a crackdown on prohibited gun buyers. 


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A bipartisan measure to crack down on felons, fugitives and domestic abusers who try to buy guns has been revived in the Washington legislature. The Republican-led state Senate voted unanimously Thursday night to approve the bill, even though it had missed a key cutoff earlier this month.

A measure to crack down on prohibited gun buyers has passed the Washington state House. Lawmakers voted 84 to 13 vote Friday to require gun dealers to alert the State Patrol when someone fails a background check to buy a gun.

Domestic abusers, felons and fugitives are prohibited from owning guns. But what happens if they try to buy a gun? In Oregon, the State Police investigate or alert local police. In Washington state no one follows up.

But that could soon change.

It happens thousands of times a year in Washington state: someone who isn’t allowed to own a gun tries to buy one but is denied after a background check. But even though it’s a crime to lie on a background check form, police rarely if ever investigate these cases.

A new white paper by the Washington state attorney general’s office finds the state’s system of conducting background checks for gun purchases to be fragmented, complex and inconsistent.

Burlington Suspect To Have Court Hearing As Community Mourns

Sep 26, 2016
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The man suspected of fatally shooting five people on Friday at a Burlington shopping mall is scheduled to have his first court appearance today.

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Gun rights advocates say Friday night's deadly shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington is an example of why law-abiding citizens should consider arming themselves and why malls and businesses shouldn't ban firearms on the premises.

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 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.

Gov. Brown Announces Plan To Curb Gun Violence

Jul 15, 2016
Conrad Wilson

Gov. Brown issued an executive order that requires Oregon State Police to maintain a database of firearm transactions for five years after the sale.

She also ordered State Police to notify local law enforcement agencies if a person prohibited from owning a gun tries to buy one.

“Gun violence is terrorizing America, tearing apart the very fabric of our communities and our families.”

Brown, who is running for re-election in November, ordered the Oregon Health Authority to issue gun death reports annually and make policy recommendations.

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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.

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would close what some activists call a "loophole" in the state's criminal background check law. It allows gun sales to go through if a background check isn't completed by the end of the next business day.

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.

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.

People in Coos County, Oregon, are considering an initiative that would block enforcement of new gun laws. The question goes before voters in a special election next month.

More than 30 cities and counties in Idaho have changed local laws on firearms or eliminated signage prohibiting guns in public places over the last year. It’s all the result of a systematic effort by one gun-rights group.

Lane County Won’t Enforce New State Gun Law

Jun 3, 2015
Rod Waddington

Calling it an “unfunded mandate” the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday not to enforce a new Oregon law that expands background checks for gun sales.

The vote was 4-to-1 in favor of the resolution which states support for the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The board heard from Lane County Sheriff Byron Trapp who says his department can’t afford to enforce the expanded background checks.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday to help prevent gun violence in mental health emergencies. It allows families to request notification when police return guns to loved ones.

It’s called the Sheena Henderson Act and it’s named for a Spokane woman.

Sheena’s husband Chris had been making suicidal threats before police confiscated his gun.

The day after they returned it, he fatally shot his wife and himself.

Friend Kristin Otoupalik said Sheena should have been told about the gun. 

People who buy guns from private sellers in Oregon would have to clear a background check under a bill moving through the legislature.

The Oregon Senate could vote Tuesday on expanding background checks to include private gun sales.

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

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.