gun safety

Gun Background Checks
6:51 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Washington Universal Gun Checks Measure Loses Pivotal Supporter

Rep. Maureen Walsh
Credit Photo courtesy Washington Legislature

The fate of a universal background check measure in the Washington state House could be decided this week. Wednesday is a key cut-off deadline. Recently the gun control measure lost a pivotal “yes” vote. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains.

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Pistol Database
5:38 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Washington Sheriffs, Police Chiefs Say Pistol Database Is Valuable Tool

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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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Personal Guns At Work
5:27 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Oregon Corrections Officers Want To Bring Personal Guns To Work

Wikipedia

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 5:24 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Corrections officers in Oregon say they need the option of being armed while they commute to and from work. Lawmakers are considering a measure to overturn a rule that bans corrections officers from bringing personal guns to the grounds of state prisons.

The 2009 personal gun rule applies to employees and visitors at most state buildings. More than a dozen lawmakers have signed onto a bill that would allow corrections officers to bring their personal weapons with them to work, as long as they leave them in a locked gun box inside their vehicle.

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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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Gun Violence
4:30 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Summit On Gun Violence Focuses On Preparation

 Sheriffs, prosecutors, social service providers and others attended a summit on gun violence Wednesday, convened by U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall. The sessions focused on mental health, the legal tools for  disarming dangerous people and other public safety topics.

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School Safety
6:23 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Washington Senate Passes Funding For School Security

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:39 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are moving ahead with their first education-spending bill of the year. The state Senate voted Monday to approve a $500 million in school construction bonds. Ten million of that would go to equip every school with a panic alarm by 2014, among other security measures.

Democratic Sen. Sharon Nelson said this was a step toward increasing gun safety. She says her next goal is to create more background checks for gun buyers.

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Gun Permits
5:19 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Government Agency Feels Brunt Of Increased Gun Permit Applications

Alexandra Kocik Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 7, 2013 6:22 pm

LACEY, Wash. – Thousands of gun owners plan to rally in Olympia and Salem Friday. They’re showing their support for the second amendment and opposition to gun control proposals. The rallies come as gun sales in the Northwest are brisk -- and so are the required background checks.

At the Aging and Disability Services office in Lacey, the fax machine drones on and on.

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Background Checks
4:52 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Washington And Oregon Lawmakers Eye Universal Background Gun Checks

A Ruger 9mm pistol.
Credit Robert Nelson / Flickr

Democratic lawmakers in both Washington and Oregon are working on measures to require background checks for all gun sales. A universal check proposal was introduced Wednesday in the Washington House. A similar bill is expected in the Oregon Senate soon.

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Juveniles And Guns
5:33 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Lawmakers Consider Increasing Penalties For Illegal Guns

King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg spoke to a panel of Washington lawmakers.
Credit Northwest News Network

Washington lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it easier to lock up juveniles who carry guns illegally. Currently, it takes five felony convictions on firearms charges before someone under 18 is sent to a juvenile lockup.

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