gun safety

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 Control
4:41 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Gun Control Fight Heads Toward Wash. Ballot

Supporters of an initiative for tighter gun laws in Washington state.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

Advocates for stricter gun laws in Washington state launched a campaign today to take the issue to voters. This comes after state lawmakers voted down a similar bill to expand background checks on gun sales.

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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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Gun Control
3:54 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Gun Opponents Rally In Advance Of Oregon Capitol Hearing

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 3:48 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon lawmakers will hear hours of testimony Friday on a slate of bills aimed at curbing gun violence. Supporters of stricter gun laws rallied at the capitol Thursday in advance of the hearing.

Gina Saracco was shopping for Christmas gifts at the Clackamas Town Center mall last December when shots rang out. A gunman killed two people and wounded another before killing himself. Saracco told ralliers that her fear turned to anger when days later 26 people were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

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Oregon Gun Bills
6:41 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Slate Of Gun Bills

Jessica Paterson Flickr

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 6:47 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Gun legislation is gaining momentum at the Oregon capitol. A Senate panel has scheduled a marathon hearing on a slate of measures that would require more background checks and limit where people could carry guns. The hearing is set for next Friday, April 5.

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Gun Control Advocates
7:06 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Gun Control Advocates Regroup After Failed Bill

Gun control advocates are regrouping this week. They’re looking at their options, now that a bill to broaden background checks for gun sales failed in the Washington legislature. They want to seize a moment when they believe public sentiment is on their side. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Background Checks
6:26 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Mandatory Background Checks For Gun Sales Dies In Washington House

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 7:41 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A controversial proposal to require criminal background checks for most gun purchases appears to have died in the Washington House. That announcement came Tuesday night after two days of efforts to wrangle enough votes to pass the measure.

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Gun Background Checks
4:24 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Washington Governor Enlists Gabby Giffords In Push For Gun Checks Measure

The Washington House is expected to vote later Monday on a proposal to require background checks for all gun sales. Governor Jay Inslee has enlisted the help of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to help muster the votes for the controversial measure. Giffords was shot in the head in Arizona in 2011. Inslee, a Democrat, told reporters he spoke with Giffords Monday morning.

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