Originally published on Wed October 9, 2013 4:16 pm
Sponsors of an initiative to require universal background checks for gun sales in Washington have submitted 250,000 petition signatures. That’s 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.
Supporters of Initiative 594 cheered as boxes of petitions were rolled into the Washington Secretary of State’s office.
Wheeling the cart was Cheryl Stumbo. She’s a survivor of the 2006 Jewish Federation shooting in Seattle.
Dara Van Antwerp, an armed school resource officer, will be permanently stationed at Panther Run Elementary School in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Across the country, schools have increased security after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., last year.
Firearms seized during a sweep by the Los Angeles Police Department using the California's Armed Prohibited Persons System initiative. The program uses a database to identify gun owners who are no longer allowed to possess a firearm.
In California, officials are ramping up a unique program that identifies and seizes guns from people who are prohibited from keeping them. Under state law, a legally registered gun owner loses the right to own a firearm when he or she is convicted of a crime or becomes mentally ill.
Gun rights proponents are promoting a new gun rights initiative, I-591. This initiative would prevent Washington state from adopting background check laws that are more restrictive than the federal standards and would also prohibit any confiscation of firearms without due process. David Hyde talks about the proposal with Allan Gottlieb, chairman of the committee, Protect our Guns, the group behind Initiative 591.
Seattle’s Café Racer is closed today in remembrance.
It's been a year since a gunman shot five people inside the eclectic coffee shop and bar. Drew Keriakedes, Joe Albanese , Kimberly Layfield, and Don Largen were killed. The cafe's cook, Leonard Meuse, was the lone survivor.
After the gunman fled the scene, police say he made his way downtown where he killed Gloria Leonidas and stole her car before shooting himself in West Seattle.
The AR-15 semi-automatic gun was used in the Aurora and Sandy Hook mass shootings. But Dan Baum writes in the latest Harper’s Magazine that the AR-15 is the gun Congress can’t ban. Ross Reynolds talks with author Dan Baum about the aim and recoil of gun regulation.
Most of us walk around on the surface of the earth, thinking that's all there is. But divers know better. There's just as much going on under the water as there is on land. We hear how dipping below the surface completely changed one diver's perspective.
This unusual interview comes from the podcast Here Be Monsters. Its creator, Jeff Emtman, is one of the recipients of KUOW's Program Venture Fund. He'll be moving to Seattle to do some reporting for us this summer.
Sometime this summer, the Seattle Police Department is expected to hold another gun buyback event. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn said there was enough money left over from private donations for the first event in January to hold a second buyback.
Like the first time, people who turn over firearms will be rewarded with a gift card. And this time, McGinn said the SPD will better organize and structure the event, to deal with things like the informal gun market that cropped up just outside the January event and some negative community response.
Three in 10 registered American voters believe an armed rebellion might be necessary in the next few years according to pollsters at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Anti-government extremism has grown in other ways too. Here in Washington state, the number of anti-government patriot groups has grown from two in 2008 to 52 in 2012, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Advocates for stricter gun laws in Washington state launched a campaign Monday to take the issue to voters. This comes after state lawmakers voted down a similar bill, SB 1588, that would have expanded background checks on gun sales.
In Washington state people convicted of crimes are required to surrender their firearms to law enforcement officials. But people with restraining orders against them – even in cases where there are serious threats of domestic violence – almost never have to give up their guns. Ross Reynolds talks with Kirkland Democrat Roger Goodman about his proposal to change that.