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August 29, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Bloomberg gives $1M to background-check campaign

The I-594 advocacy group Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is getting a $1 million donation from Everytown for Gun Safety, the umbrella organization driven by dollars from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Kate Downen, a spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, confirmed the donation Friday afternoon. Voters this November will approve or reject I-594, which would require…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: gun control, i-594, marilyn strickland

August 28, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Gun-rights advocate challenges Bill Gates to debate I-594

The chairman of a powerful gun-advocacy organization has put a shot across the bow of I-594’s latest big donor. Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA, possibly the most jarring acronym ever), called for Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to debate him over I-594. Gates and his wife Melinda More

Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: Bill Gates, gun control, i-594

March 6, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Bill that would take guns from domestic abusers goes to Gov. Inslee

OLYMPIA — The state Senate on Thursday afternoon approved a bill to force residents to temporarily surrender their firearms while under restraining and protection orders. The proposal now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee, an enthusiastic supporter. House Bill 1840‘s unanimous Senate approval belied the difficult path the proposal has traveled since being introduced last year in…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, House Bill 1840, Jay Inslee

February 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

State Senate panel approves gun-control bill

A state Senate committee this morning overwhelmingly approved this legislative session’s lone politically feasible gun-control bill, clearing the proposal for its final — and most difficult — test. House Bill 1840 now must be approved by the full Senate, a Republican-controlled chamber that has proven unfriendly to new gun restrictions. The proposal would require some gun owners…

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Comments | More in homepage, State Legislature | Topics: gun control, House Bill 1840, Mike Padden

February 14, 2014 at 7:01 AM

Revived gun-control bill approved 97-0 in state House

OLYMPIA — House Bill 1840 is back. The proposal, which would require some gun owners with a restraining or protective order against them to temporarily surrender their firearms while the order is in effect, was seen last year as the one gun-control bill that could actually make it through the Washington Legislature — until it…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: domestic violence, gun control, Mike Padden

January 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Second of dueling gun initiatives certified by Secretary of State

Initiatives for and against additional gun restrictions have officially been certified, setting up a near-certain November showdown. Secretary of State Kim Wyman announced Friday that Initiative 591 had officially qualified as an initiative to the Legislature, joining Initiative 594, which got the formal OK last week. Initiative 591 would prohibit any confiscation of guns without due process…

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January 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Giffords urges lawmakers to expand gun background checks

OLYMPIA — Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords testified before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon, symbolically casting her story of surviving a gunshot wound to the head as an argument for lawmakers to adopt expand background-check requirements to cover all gun sales. Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, testified in support of…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, Gabrielle Giffords, gun control

January 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Dueling gun initiatives submitting final signatures this week

After months of collection efforts, supporters and opponents of expanded background checks for gun sales appear to have come up with about the same number of signatures — and it’s more than enough to qualify both for the ballot. A spokesman for Initiative 594, which would require the checks for all sales, said supporters will submit…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, background checks, Christian Sinderman

December 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Gun-rights groups dominate in money to state’s politicians

Gun-rights groups have given more than 18 times as much money to Washington state politicians as gun-control groups over the past two dozen years, according to a new report. Groups including the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners Action League of Washington have given more than $1.35 million to Washington state and federal candidates since 1989,…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, gun control, Gun Owners Action League of Washington

October 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Gun background check supporters submit 250,000 signatures

Supporters of universal background checks for gun sales on Wednesday submitted most of the signatures they need to qualify for a 2014 statewide initiative. Jewish Federation shooting victim Cheryl Stumbo and other Initiative 594 backers showed up in Olympia with an estimated 250,401 signatures on more than 15,000 petitions, according to the Secretary of State’s…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Cheryl Stumbo, Christian Sinderman, gun control

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