gun safety

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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Mental Health
6:19 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Shootings Push Mental Health Into Spotlight In Salem

The Clackamas town center, at which a shooting occurred late last year.
Credit Photo by Steve Morgan / Wikimedia Commons

Recent mass shootings in Oregon and Connecticut have thrust mental health issues into the spotlight. Some Oregon lawmakers and mental health advocates hope there's enough momentum to keep the conversation front and center. Unlike gun control, there is a consensus that appears to be emerging on funding mental health programs.

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Gun Rally
6:08 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Armed Gun Rights Advocates Rally At Washington Capitol

Scott Robertson, carrying an AR-15 style rifle. Robertson says military style rifles and clip capacity are not the problem
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Netwrk

Several hundred gun rights advocates – many of them armed – rallied at the Washington state Capitol Saturday. Their purpose was to protest any new gun control measures. Similar rallies were organized in Salem, Boise and Coeur d'Alene. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Gun Control
4:58 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Oregon Sheriffs Object To Gun Control Measures

  Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin has joined several other Oregon sheriffs in sending a letter to Vice President Joe Biden. He and sheriffs from Grant, Linn and Crook Counties oppose potential federal laws that could affect law-abiding gun owners.

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Washington Legislature
6:28 am
Mon January 14, 2013

New Political Dynamics, Budget Challenges Face Washington’s 2013 Legislature

Washington legislative leader at a pre-session forum for reporters and editors.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington lawmakers convene for the start of the 2013 session. They face a $2 billion budget problem, an unusual political dynamic in the state senate and hot button issues like gun control. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this preview.

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Inslee's Gun Stance
6:06 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Inslee Weighs In On Gun Control

As the federal debate over assault weapons continues, Washington’s Governor-elect Jay Inslee weighed in on the matter in his first public comments since the election.

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