Gun Legislation

Dueling Gun Measures
7:07 am
Mon January 27, 2014

A New Gun Exchange In The Midst Of Dueling Measures

Monday, Washington gun owners will have a new place to sell their firearms.
Credit Gregory Wild-Smith/Flickr

Starting Monday, Washington gun owners will have a new place to sell their firearms. That’s when a website called Washington Gun Exchange plans to launch. The arrival of this online marketplace comes as Washington lawmakers prepare to hold contentious hearings on dueling gun measures.

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Background Checks
4:34 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Gun Control Advocates File Background Check Initiative

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 11, 2013 3:32 pm

Gun control supporters in Washington have filed an initiative to the legislature to require background checks for all gun sales. The move Tuesday follows a failed effort earlier this year at the Capitol to enact a universal background check measure.

The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is the group behind the initiative. But it was filed by Cheryl Stumbo, a survivor of a 2006 shooting at Seattle’s Jewish Federation.

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Gun Laws
4:44 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Gun Bills On Life Support In Oregon Legislature

Robert Nelson Flickr

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 4:33 pm

The future of a set of bills to create stricter gun laws is in doubt in the Oregon legislature. The most controversial measure would require criminal background checks for all gun sales. Another would allow school districts to ban guns from school grounds.

But after some initial momentum, the bills are heading back to committee.

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Gun Bills
3:54 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Oregon Gun Bills Advance, But Future Uncertain

M Glasgow Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 18, 2013 3:17 pm

A day after the U.S. Senate voted down attempts to expand background checks for gun sales, a similar measure is moving ahead in the Oregon Senate. It was one of four bills to toughen state gun laws that advanced on a party line vote Thursday.

Here's what the Oregon bills would do:

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Proposed Gun Bills
4:03 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Oregonians Testify For And Against New Gun Bills

Virginia Alvino Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 4:21 pm

Hundreds of people turned out to the Oregon Capitol Friday to testify at a Senate hearing on four proposed gun control bills.

One of the measures would ban guns from school grounds, and another would ban people from openly carrying a weapon in public buildings. The third bill would require more training to get a concealed carry permit. And the last would require criminal background checks for all private gun sales in Oregon.

Both sides of the debate were well represented.

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Pistol Database
5:38 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Washington Sheriffs, Police Chiefs Say Pistol Database Is Valuable Tool

Quagmar Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 5:36 pm

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.

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Gun Control
4:05 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Washington Venture Capitalist Funds New Anti-Gun Violence Coalition

M Glasgow Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 3:46 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gun control advocates in Washington are banding together to turn up the heat on state lawmakers. In the coming days, they plan to announce the formation of a new grassroots lobbying coalition. Their first target is passage of universal background check legislation.

The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility has seed money from Seattle venture capitalist Nick Hanauer. Other founders are Seattle city councilwoman Sally Bagshaw, former council member Tina Podlodowski and Seattle writer and activist Eric Liu.

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Private Gun Sales
4:17 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Bill Regulating Private Gun Sales Passes Committee

M Glasgow Flickr

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 3:46 pm

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.

Republican Rep. Jay Rodne opposed the bill, saying it would not be enforceable.

“We’re going to drain precious law enforcement resources to policing this measure,” he says.

But, Republican Rep. Mike Hope, a police officer, said this measure could help prevent shootings like what happened in Newtown, Conn.

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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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Kids And Unsecured Guns
4:41 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

In Wake Of Tragedies, Wash. Lawmakers Will Examine Guns And Kids

A legislative panel will meet Friday to discuss ways to prevent children from getting their hands on firearms.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

A rash of accidental shootings involving kids and unsecured guns has some Washington lawmakers considering a change in the law. A legislative panel will meet Friday to discuss ways to prevent children from getting their hands on firearms.

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