gun control http://www.kplu.org en Dueling Gun Control Measures: 1 Initiative Certified, 2nd Under Review http://www.kplu.org/post/dueling-gun-control-measures-1-initiative-certified-2nd-under-review <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The secretary of state's office has officially certified one gun-related initiative to the Legislature and is starting review of signatures on another.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Secretary of State Kim Wyman certified the results for <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/i-594-signatures-be-turned-next-week">Initiative 594</a> on Wednesday. That measure would require universal background checks on all firearm sales in Washington. Nearly 347,000 signatures were submitted for the initiative, far more than the minimum requirement of 246,372.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 03:19:41 +0000 The Associated Press 12794 at http://www.kplu.org Dueling Gun Control Measures: 1 Initiative Certified, 2nd Under Review Signatures Submitted for Dueling Gun Measures in Wash. http://www.kplu.org/post/signatures-submitted-dueling-gun-measures-wash <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington voters can expect dueling gun-related measures on next fall’s ballot. Sponsors of a gun rights initiative submitted nearly 350,000 signatures Thursday.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Thirteen boxes labeled “Save Your Gun: Yes on 591” were loaded onto a cart and trucked into the Washington Secretary of State’s Office. Initiative 591 would prohibit the state from confiscating a gun without due process. It would also bar state background checks that go beyond federal standards.</p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:59:01 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11212 at http://www.kplu.org Signatures Submitted for Dueling Gun Measures in Wash. Bill And Melinda Gates Contribute to Wash. Gun Control Measure http://www.kplu.org/post/bill-and-melinda-gates-contribute-wash-gun-control-measure <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill and Melinda Gates have each contributed $25,000 to the campaign to require background checks for most gun sales in Washington. The couple’s personal contributions late last month helped push the Yes on Initiative 594 campaign over the $1 million mark.</span></p><p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:03:57 +0000 Austin Jenkins 11053 at http://www.kplu.org Bill And Melinda Gates Contribute to Wash. Gun Control Measure Supporters of Gun Background Checks Submit Signatures http://www.kplu.org/post/supporters-gun-background-checks-submit-signatures <p>Sponsors of an initiative to require universal background checks for gun sales in Washington have submitted 250,000 petition signatures, the minimum needed to put the measure before the Legislature in January. If lawmakers fail to act, voters would see it on the ballot a year from now.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 17:09:54 +0000 Austin Jenkins 10358 at http://www.kplu.org Supporters of Gun Background Checks Submit Signatures I-594 Signatures to be Turned in Next Week http://www.kplu.org/post/i-594-signatures-be-turned-next-week <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">The</span><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px;"> secretary of state's office says that advocates seeking to expand the use of background checks on gun sales plan to submit their petition signatures for an initiative to the Legislature next week.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>David Ammons, a spokesman for Secretary of State Kim Wyman, said Friday that supporters of Initiative 594 have made an appointment to turn in their signatures at 9 a.m. Wednesday, nearly three months before the Jan. 3 deadline.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 19:36:18 +0000 The Associated Press 10279 at http://www.kplu.org I-594 Signatures to be Turned in Next Week Wash. gun control advocates turn to initiative http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-gun-control-advocates-turn-initiative <p><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">Gun control advocates in Washington are launching an initiative campaign after state lawmakers declined to expand background checks on gun sales.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The group Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility announced its plans Monday. Supporters will need to collect nearly 250,000 valid signatures, with state officials recommending the submission of more than 300,000 to account for duplicates and invalid signatures.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 18:29:55 +0000 The Associated Press 8607 at http://www.kplu.org A new front for gun background checks: the ballot http://www.kplu.org/post/new-front-gun-background-checks-ballot <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking the issue directly to voters.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>While advocates generally prefer that new gun laws get approval through the legislative process, they are also concerned about how much sway the National Rifle Association has with lawmakers.</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:41:53 +0000 The Associated Press 8599 at http://www.kplu.org Senate rejects expanded gun background checks http://www.kplu.org/post/senate-rejects-expanded-gun-background-checks <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades Wednesday, rejecting tighter background checks for buyers and a ban on assault weapons as they spurned pleas from families of victims of last winter's school massacre in Newtown, Conn.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">"This effort isn't over," President Barack Obama vowed at the White House moments after the defeat on one of his top domestic priorities. Surrounded by Newtown relatives, he said opponents of the legislation in both parties "caved to the pressure" of special interests.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:46:00 +0000 The Associated Press 8447 at http://www.kplu.org Gov. Inslee disappointed with fate of gun bill http://www.kplu.org/post/gov-inslee-disappointed-fate-gun-bill <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Gov. </span>Inslee<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"> disappointed with fate of gun bill&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Gov. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"> says he is disappointed that a proposal to expand background checks on Washington state gun sales has stalled, but says he'll continue making phone calls on the issue.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>After the issue locked up the House for much of the day Tuesday, the bill ultimately was not brought out for a vote and its sponsors conceded they could not get majority support for the measure, even with a proposed referendum clause that would have allowed the public to vote on the measure.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:04:03 +0000 The Associated Press 7969 at http://www.kplu.org Gov. Inslee disappointed with fate of gun bill Bill to expand background checks for gun sales fail in House http://www.kplu.org/post/bill-expand-background-checks-gun-sales-fail-house <p><span style="font-size: 15.454545021057129px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; line-height: 15px;">A proposal to expand background checks on Washington state gun sales has failed in the state House.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Democratic Rep. Jamie Pedersen of Seattle said Tuesday night he was unable to corral the 50 votes necessary to pass the bill through the chamber. Pedersen says he was disappointed by the result, coming even after he agreed to add a referendum clause to the bill.</p><p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 04:06:02 +0000 The Associated Press 7965 at http://www.kplu.org Bill to expand background checks for gun sales fail in House Pasco first-grader suspended for talking about Nerf guns http://www.kplu.org/post/pasco-first-grader-suspended-talking-about-nerf-guns <p>The Pasco School District decided to overturn the suspension of a first-grader who was sent home for talking about toy guns.</p><p>The district determined no discipline was warranted after talking with the parents.</p><p>The father, Mike Aguirre, <a href="http://bit.ly/ZijagY" target="_blank">told the Tri-City Herald</a> his son Noah was punished for talking about Nerf guns and there's no evidence he threatened to harm another student.</p><p>The 6-year-old was suspended Feb. 28 at James McGee Elementary School. The district said Wednesday the incident will be erased from his record.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 17:42:40 +0000 The Associated Press 7920 at http://www.kplu.org Pasco first-grader suspended for talking about Nerf guns Bill Regulating Private Gun Sales Passes Committee http://www.kplu.org/post/state-bill-regulating-private-gun-sales-passes-committee <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/02/021913AKoly_Rodne_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>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.<p>Republican Rep. Jay Rodne opposed the bill, saying it would not be enforceable.<p>“We’re going to drain precious law enforcement resources to policing this measure,” he says.<p>But, Republican Rep. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:06:44 +0000 7819 at http://www.kplu.org Bill Regulating Private Gun Sales Passes Committee Public health at forefront of King County's gun initiative http://www.kplu.org/post/public-health-forefront-king-countys-gun-initiative <p>The debate over gun control may be focused on the nation’s capital, but one local official says King County will soon take measures of its own.</p><p>About <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/healthservices/health/data/GunViolence.aspx">125 people die each year </a>of gun violence in King County. Executive Dow Constantine says the way a county government can chip away at that number is through a public health approach. He announced in his <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/exec/constantine/StateOfTheCounty/2013.aspx">state of the county address </a>that he is directing the health department to collect new data on gun deaths and injuries.</p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:52:54 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7729 at http://www.kplu.org Public health at forefront of King County's gun initiative State lawmakers eye universal background checks for gun sales http://www.kplu.org/post/state-lawmakers-eye-universal-background-checks-gun-sales <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/01/013013AJ_BackgroundChecks_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – 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.<p>Universal background checks are a key provision in President Obama’s national plan to stem gun violence. But some lawmakers in Washington and Oregon don’t want to wait to see if Congress acts. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:27:26 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7691 at http://www.kplu.org State lawmakers eye universal background checks for gun sales Gun buyback: Mayor says "gaggles" of private gun buyers "insane" http://www.kplu.org/post/gun-buyback-mayor-says-gaggles-private-gun-buyers-insane <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seven hundred and sixteen guns were collected at Saturday’s gun buyback program in Seattle. But officials say they are disturbed by the large number of private gun buyers the event attracted.</span></p><p>Mayor Mike McGinn says he was shocked by what he describes as the “gaggles” of private gun buyers who showed up to tempt people away from the long lines and gift cards and offer them cash for their weapons.</p><blockquote><p>“We had a gun bazaar break out of the streets of Seattle outside of a gun buyback. That was just insane."</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 19:30:08 +0000 Jennifer Wing 7663 at http://www.kplu.org Gun buyback: Mayor says "gaggles" of private gun buyers "insane"