gun rights

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.
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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.

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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.

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

Background Checks Just The Beginning, I-594 Supporters Say

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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 Gun Initiatives
6:01 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Washington Voters Approve Expanded Gun Background Checks

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

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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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.

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Washington Gun Initiatives
6:44 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

NRA Says It's 'Very Committed' To Defeating I-594

Initiative 594 would require background checks for person-to-person gun sales in Washington state.
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The National Rifle Association says it’s “very committed” to defeating a background check measure on Washington’s November ballot. But the gun rights group says it has no plans to compete financially with the campaign in favor of Initiative 594.

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Washington Gun Initiatives
7:29 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Washington Ballot Measure Targets Online Gun Sales

Aman More takes aim with his .357 Magnum at the Poulsbo Sportsman Club. He buys and sells guns on a website called ARMSLIST and opposes efforts to regulate those sales.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

This November, Washington voters will decide whether to require background checks for person-to-person gun sales.

Initiative 594 would close what gun control advocates used to call the “gun show loophole.” But these days, much of the unregulated gun trade is happening online.

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Controversial Commentary
7:06 am
Wed July 30, 2014

NRA Lobbyist Comments Attract Controversy

NRA lobbyist Brian Judy, addressing Congress in 2013.
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Supporters of a Washington gun control measure on the November ballot may have just gotten a mid-summer boost. They’re capitalizing on an audio recording that recently surfaced. They say it captures the NRA’s Northwest lobbyist mocking Jewish people who support stricter gun laws. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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