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Category: Gun initiative
January 15, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Hundreds at Capitol protest new gun-purchase background checks

OLYMPIA — With pistols holstered at their hips or rifles slung across their shoulders, gun-rights supporters Thursday morning filled the Capitol steps. The “594 Rally for Sanity” was primarily aimed at protesting Initiative 594, which voters passed in November with 59 percent of the vote. I-594 expands background checks beyond the current federal standard to…


Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, i-594, Jan Angel

January 14, 2015 at 8:50 PM

Battle over I-594, other gun laws resumes Thursday

OLYMPIA — After a brief break, — gun-rights supporters held a rally here almost exactly a month ago — the skirmish over Washington state gun laws resumes Thursday. At 9 a.m., gun-rights supporters will rally at the steps of the Capitol for the “594 Rally for Sanity.” I-594, which voters approved in November, expanded…


Comments | More in Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: 2015 legislative session, i-594, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

December 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Our top 10 most-read Politics NW posts of 2014

Before we look ahead to 2015, let’s look back at what piqued your interest in the last year. Here be the 10 most-read Politics NW posts of the last year: 10. Former Seattle Mayor McGinn takes new job, says no plans to seek return to elected office 9. Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt on education funding 8….


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Education, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council, State legislative races, State Supreme Court | Topics: 2014 elections, Barack Obama, Jay Inslee

December 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Gun-rights demonstrators bring signs, rifles to Olympia rally

Shouldering rifles and handmade signs decrying government overreach, hundreds of demonstrators gathered Saturday at the Capitol campus in Olympia to oppose Initiative 594. I-594, which voters approved in November  by a 19-point margin, expands gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers of firearms. “We stand here on this field to exercise our First Amendment right to exercise…


Comments | More in Gun initiative | Topics: i-594

December 12, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Cliven Bundy’s son to speak at Saturday’s gun-rights rally

One the speakers listed for Saturday’s demonstration in Olympia against the new law expanding gun-purchase background checks is the son of Cliven Bundy. Cliven, you might remember, is the Nevada rancher who pushed back against attempts by the government to take away his cattle and who later suggested black people might be better off as slaves picking cotton. Ammon Bundy is listed…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: ammon bundy, i-594, sandy hook promise

November 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

NRA intends to lobby against new background-check law

Washington state voters this month approved — by a wide margin — the expansion of gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Now that Initiative 594 has passed, gun-rights supporters are shifting gears from working to defeat a proposal to opposing a new law. Opponents have claimed the law will criminalize law-abiding gun owners for handing each…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: i-594, Moms Demand Action, national rifle association

November 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I-594 protesters, low turnout, and lots of birthday candles: your political week in review

Spice your weekend up with some of this: 1. Washington mid-term election turnout lowest since disco era. 2. Patty Murray readies for new role in Senate minority, has eye on tea party. 3. State Patrol won’t arrest anti-I-594 protesters for exchanging guns at rally. 4. One congested Seattle City Council race now includes …  a…


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November 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

State Patrol: We won’t arrest people at anti-I-594 rally for exchanging guns

We wrote Tuesday about a planned rally in Olympia to demonstrate against the freshly-passed Initiative 594, which will expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Demonstrators plan to bring their firearms to the state Capitol on Dec. 13 and exchange them in what they say will be a violation of I-594, which they…


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November 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

I-594 opponents bringing their guns to Olympia rally next month

Opponents of Initiative 594, the measure to expand gun-purchase background checks that voters approved this election cycle, have insisted it is so strict it would criminalize law-abiding gun owners who hand each other firearms, like at a gun-safety course. Now, such opponents are going to test their understanding of the measure during a rally next month in Olympia, where…


Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: i-591, i-594

November 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sending a message? Some Washington counties voted for both gun initiatives

UPDATE 3:38 p.m.:  In the original version of this post, we neglected Skagit County, which also voted yes on both measures. Sorry, Skagit. We’ve updated the numbers below to reflect its inclusion, too. In the months leading up to the November ballot, people wondered what would happen if both gun-related initatives on the ballot, I-591 and I-594,…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: 2014 elections, i-591, i-594

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