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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.

President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he's taking executive action in an attempt to reduce gun violence. But his actions will mean few immediate changes for many gun buyers in the Northwest.

Two years ago, Washington lawmakers created a registry for individuals convicted of a gun-related felony. The law was sold as a way to improve police officer safety by creating a database just for them.

A bill that would require criminal background checks for private gun sales in Oregon is on its way to the governor's desk. The Oregon House narrowly passed the measure Monday.

Supporters and opponents of a measure that would require criminal background checks on private gun sales testified at the Oregon Capitol Wednesday.

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.

Elected officials in Idaho do not need permits to carry concealed weapons.

From a proposed “stand your ground” law to a proposal to make it a crime to unsafely store a gun, gun rights and gun control measures abound in the Washington legislature this year.

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We’ve seen rallies and demonstrations against Washington’s new voter-approved background check law. But now a gun rights group is planning a “we will not comply” gun show.

A new bill under consideration in the Idaho legislature would allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons in the state without a permit.

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

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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.

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

Faith Community Weighs In On Gun Initiatives

Oct 22, 2014
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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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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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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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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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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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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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A new Elway poll out Tuesday shows support for a gun rights measure on Washington’s fall ballot is flagging. Meanwhile, a dueling measure that would expand background checks remains popular.

Gun Range Takes Act of Congress

Jul 9, 2014
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Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow a parcel of BLM land to be transferred into county ownership for use as a gun range. 

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Oregon state troopers are now being dispatched when a person tries to buy a gun but fails the background check. It comes after critics complained that state laws that ban certain categories of people from buying guns were not being enforced.

Clint Didier campaign

One candidate for an eastern Washington congressional seat has hit on a way to appeal to 2nd amendment advocates AND increase the names on his campaign mailing list. He’s offering voters a chance to win a gun. Jessica Robinson has more.

Update: Police in Oregon say 1 student was killed in this morning's school shooting. The gunman is also dead.

There was a shooting at Seattle Pacific University this afternoon. As of 5pm Seattle Police believe a lone gunman shot four people before being disarmed by a University staff member. There are reports one person is dead, another is in critical condition and two others sustained less serious injuries.

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