gun control

Shooting Anniversary
9:01 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Legislative Session Yields New Mental Health Bills, Advocates Say More Needs to Be Done

Flowers and notes in front of Cafe Racer in Seattle. The cafe closed in remembrance of victims of last year's shooting.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

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. 

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Gun Control
11:57 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Is Congress Missing The Mark On Regulating The AR-15?

Flickr Photo/-Piskami

  

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. 

Puget Sound
12:42 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Dipping Below The Surface Of Puget Sound

An octopus in Puget Sound
Credit Flickr photo/ cwilso

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.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, May 20:

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Gun Buyback
1:12 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

McGinn: Next Gun Buyback In Seattle Will Be Different

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.

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Patriot Groups
11:54 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Number Of "Patriot" Groups Skyrockets In Washington State

Flickr/David Paul Ohmer

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.

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Background Checks
5:18 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Gun Control Fight Heads Toward Wash. Ballot

Supporters of an initiative for tighter gun laws in Wash.

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.

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Gun Control
11:59 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Restraining Orders And Guns: What Does One Have To Do With The Other?

Who should surrender firearms in Washington state?
Flickr Photo/Sari Dennise

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.

Gun Culture
1:44 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

What's Worked, And What Hasn't, In Gun-Loving Switzerland

Gun enthusiasts take part in a shooting competition at a club outside Zurich. The gun culture is deeply entrenched in Switzerland, where citizens as young as 10 learn to shoot.
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson NPR

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 5:34 pm

Switzerland has an entrenched gun culture that is embraced by most of its 8 million citizens, some of them as young as 10 years old.

Every Swiss community has a shooting range, and depending on who is counting, the alpine country ranks third or fourth in the number of guns per capita.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Your Take On The News

It's Friday — time to review the week's top news stories with Knute Berger, Eli Sanders and C.R. Douglas. A federal judge approved a first-year plan to reform the Seattle Police Department. Meanwhile, the plan was challenged in court by the Seattle Police Officer's Guild and the Seattle Police Management Association, over concerns about collective bargaining rights.

Also, a bill that would expand background checks for gun owners died in the state House. And the state's budget shortfall grew by $300 million. What stories were you following this week? Call us at 800.289.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

Push For Background Checks
7:56 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Gun Control Advocates Regroup After Legislative Defeat

Rev. Sandy Brown says gun control advocates may go to voters since legislators rejected universal background checks.
Credit Amy Radil

Gun control advocates are regrouping this week. They’re looking at their options, now that a bill to broaden background checks for gun sales failed in the Washington Legislature. They want to seize a moment when they believe public sentiment is on their side.

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Criminal Background Checks
7:26 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Mandatory Background Checks For Gun Sales Dies In Washington House

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed March 13, 2013 7:41 am

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A controversial proposal to require criminal background checks for most gun purchases appears to have died in the Washington House. That announcement came Tuesday night after two days of efforts to wrangle enough votes to pass the measure.

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Efforts Fall Short
8:51 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Vote Delayed On Gun Background Check Measure In Washington House

M Glasgow Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 11, 2013 7:15 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Efforts to muster the 50 votes needed to pass a universal background check measure for gun sales were falling short Monday afternoon in the Washington House of Representatives. A planned vote after 3:00 pm was delayed while backers of the measure continued to work behind the scenes to secure the necessary support. Meanwhile majority Democrats moved on from the topic of reducing gun violence to consider non-related health care measures.

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Gun Control
11:43 am
Fri March 8, 2013

States With The Most Gun-Control Laws Have Fewest Gun-Related Deaths

"Non-Violence" sculpture by Fredrik Reuterswärd at the United Nations in New York City.
Credit Flickr Photo/Sari Dennise

States with the most gun control laws have the fewest gun-related deaths, according to a study published this week in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers found that states with the most laws have a mortality rate 42 percent lower than those states with the fewest. So how does Washington state compare? Ross Reynolds talks with the lead researcher from Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Eric Fleegler.

Universal Background Checks
8:34 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Washington Sheriffs, Police Chiefs Say Pistol Database Is Valuable Tool

Quagmar Flickr

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 5:36 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Efforts to get gun rights leaders in Washington to support -- or at least not oppose -- universal background checks appear to have hit a stumbling block. At issue is a state database that tracks pistol sales. Second Amendment advocates want it shut down, but the state’s sheriffs and police chiefs say it’s a vital law enforcement tool.

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Gun Laws
12:05 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

NRA Tells KUOW Why It Opposes Washington State Universal Background Check Bill

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is opposed to a proposed state law (House Bill 1588) that would require universal background checks for gun purchases in Washington state.

Supporters aim to prevent more convicted felons from getting their hands on guns that can currently be purchased without a background check though private sales. The NRA says felons would still get guns though black-market sales and other avenues.

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