guns

Gun Rights
5:54 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Washington Capitol Prepares For Gun-Rights Rally Saturday

File photo. Several hundred gun rights advocates rallying at the Washington Capitol in January 2013.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 5:37 pm

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 Gun Initiatives
5:51 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Gun Store Owner Wary Of Participating In Background Check Law

Don Teague of Private Sector Arms in Olympia says he doesn't want to profit on Washington's new background check requirement.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington’s new background check law for person-to-person gun sales and transfers takes effect Thursday. The law puts federally-licensed gun dealers in the role of conducting the checks. But one Thurston County gun store owner says it’s not a role he’s comfortable with.

At Private Sector Arms owner Don Teague shows me some of the guns he has on display. “This right here in AR-15/M4, this is here is an AK-47 variant,” Teague said.

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Washington Gun Initiatives
7:25 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Background Checks Just The Beginning, I-594 Supporters Say

Credit M Glasgow / Flickr

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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Law & Justice
4:39 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Leader Of West Coast Trafficking Ring Gets 27-Year Sentence

A trial exhibit that shows the geographic scope of the Berrelleza-Verduzco trafficking ring.
Credit Court Exhibit: US v. Anchondo

One the ringleaders of a sprawling West Coast drug and gun trafficking ring has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said Friday this cartel-linked group took in “massive profits from the scourge of heroin addiction.”

The case involved three brothers from Mexico who ran a smuggling ring that federal authorities say had ties to a cartel on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Heroin and meth from Mexico were smuggled north to the Seattle area. The cash proceeds and guns flowed back south.

Federal wiretaps helped make the case.

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Police Weapons Lost
6:45 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wash. Law Enforcement Entities Lose Surplus Military Gear

A shot of the M16A2/A4 Series 5.56mm rifle, similar to the rifles that went missing from various police departments.
Credit PEOSoldier / Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/peosoldier/)

In the past two years, four law enforcement departments in Washington state have been suspended from the military surplus program known as 1033.That’s the government program that issues surplus military gear to state and local municipalities who show a need, but some of those weapons have gone missing.

Under the program law enforcement agencies can apply to receive everything from shop Vac’s to Mine Resistant Vehicles. They only need to pay for the cost of shipping.

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Accidental Shooting
5:34 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Police Investigate Idaho Professor's Accidental Shooting Of Self During Class

Idaho State University
Credit ISU.edu

Police in Pocatello are investigating how a university professor accidentally shot himself in the foot during class. The injury was non-life threatening and no one else was harmed. But as Jessica Robinson reports, critics of guns-on-campus laws are pointing to the incident is a cautionary tale. 

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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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