gun safety

Gun Safety
5:01 pm
Tue April 28, 2015

Washington Governor Signs Gun Notification Bill 'Sheena Henderson Act'

Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a measure that allows family members to request notification from police when confiscated guns are returned.
Credit Rachel La Corte / Associated Press

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. 

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Gun Rights
5:52 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Firearm Background Check Bill Surfaces In Salem

A bill in the Oregon legislature would require criminal background checks for most private gun sales.
Augustas Didzgalvis Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 4:18 pm

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another round of debate over firearm regulations.

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Gun Safety
4:59 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Washington House Joins Senate In Banning Openly-Carried Guns In Galleries

Troopers with the Washington State Patrol review the runs of what is prohibited in the Senate's public viewing galleries. Both the Senate and House have now decided to include openly-carried guns on the list of prohibited items.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 4:30 pm

The Washington House has joined the state Senate in banning openly carried guns in the public viewing galleries.

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Open-Carry Ban
5:05 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Washington Senate Bans Open-Carry Guns In Public Galleries

The signs outside the Washington House and Senate public viewing galleries make it clear what is not allowed inside. The list includes umbrellas, backpacks and strollers, but not firearms.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 5:10 pm

Umbrellas, strollers and backpacks were already banned from the public viewing galleries in the Washington House and Senate.

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Accidental Shooting
6:46 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Toddler Accidentally Shoots, Kills Mother At North Idaho Walmart

A two-year-old boy shot and killed his mother Tuesday inside an Idaho Walmart. Local law enforcement say the shooting was an accident.

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Gun Control
5:12 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting

A Washington man's loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student.
Credit Augustas Didžgalvis / Wikimedia Commons

A Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third degree assault. That’s the ruling Thursday from the Washington Supreme Court. The split decision stems from a high-profile case in 2012 in Bremerton.

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Idaho Gun Range
5:29 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Gun Range Takes Act of Congress

The proposed area is near Riggins, along the Salmon River in north-central Idaho.
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr

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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Northwest News
10:02 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Police: One Student Dead In Oregon High School Shooting

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

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Seattle Pacific Univeristy Shooting
5:54 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Shooting At Seattle Pacific University's Campus

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.

Guns & Wildlife
6:09 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

How More People Buying Guns Equals More Money For Wildlife

The Pittman-Robertson Act sets an excise tax on rifles, pistols, bullets, and archery equipment to help pay for maintaining healthy wildlife populations.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The run on firearms last year is turning into a windfall for conservation programs in the Northwest. 

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