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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

October 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Local Second Amendment group declares Sandy Hook anniversary as ‘Guns Save Lives Day’

A national Second Amendment group based in Bellevue has decided to sponsor “Guns Save Lives Day” on Dec. 14 — the anniversary of last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The 650,000-member Second Amendment Foundation, which announced the event Thursday with┬áthe Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, background checks, Cheryl Stumbo

July 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Wording of gun-related ballot measure finalized after court fight

Washington state supporters of expanded background checks for gun sales state have won an early skirmish in a long battle with Second Amendment activists that’s expected to end with dueling initiatives on the November 2014 ballot. The background-check supporters beat back two court challengers to the wording of what will appear on the ballot with their…

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

June 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Push begins to get gun-sale background checks on the ballot

State faith leaders and gun violence victims on Tuesday filed an initiative proposal that would require background checks for almost all firearms sales and transfers, taking the first step in what is expected to be a hotly contested push for stronger gun laws. Supporters, who have already raised more than $1 million for their campaign,…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: background checks, Christian Sinderman, gun control

May 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Gun-control group putting ads on Metro Transit buses

A state gun-control group is putting advertisements inside and outside of dozens of King County Metro Transit buses, urging residents to “think twice about having a gun in your home.” But the ads, paid for by Washington Ceasefire, were rejected by transit agencies in Snohomish and Pierce counties, said the group’s board president, Ralph Fascitelli. In addition…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: gun control, King County Transit, Newtown

April 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Gun-control advocates plan state initiative on background checks

Weeks after defeat in the state Legislature and U.S. Congress, local gun-control advocates announced Monday that they’re taking their case to the people. “We are here today to ask our elected officials why they have failed us,” said the Rev. Sandy Brown of Seattle’s First United Method Church, who was flanked by faith leaders, elected officials…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Newtown, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

April 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

State House Democrats ‘seething with anger’ after Senate kills gun control bill

OLYMPIA — Democrats fumed Wednesday afternoon after the Republican-run state Senate declined to vote on a bipartisan gun-control bill before a key legislative deadline. State Rep. Roger Goodman, who sponsored the bill, said he and others were “seething with anger” after hearing the measure would not get a vote before the 5 p.m. cutoff, likely ending…

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

March 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Cutoff passes without vote on universal background checks

OLYMPIA — A key deadline came and went here on Wednesday afternoon, taking with it an opportunity many saw as this session’s best chance for expanding background checks for gun sales. House Bill 1588, a much-discussed priority of gun-control advocates, did not come up for a vote in the state House before 5 p.m., the cutoff…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Newtown, Nick Hanauer

March 12, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Bill to require background checks for all gun sales appears dead in state House

OLYMPIA — Gun-control advocates in the state House conceded defeat Tuesday night on their top priority: a high-profile bill to require background checks for all gun sales. While cautioning that nothing is ever truly dead in Olympia, bill sponsor Jamie Pedersen said “it does not appear that we’re going to make it there.” “I always thought this…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Jamie Pedersen, Newtown

March 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Universal background checks for gun purchases could go to voters

OLYMPIA — Supporters of a bill to require background checks for all gun sales added a referendum clause to the proposal Tuesday morning in a last-minute bid to gain support in the state House. Bill sponsor Jamie Pedersen said he believes he has the votes to pass House Bill 1588 this afternoon with the…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Jamie Pedersen, Jay Inslee

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