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Guns
7:41 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 2:49 pm

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday a Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third-degree assault.

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Government
7:25 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Poll Finds Washington Gun Rights Initiative Losing Support

Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 9:19 am

A new Elway Poll out Tuesday shows support for a gun rights measure on Washington’s fall ballot is flagging. Meanwhile, a dueling measure that would expand background checks remains popular.

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Gun Violence
8:00 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Most Likely To Commit Gun Violence? Not The Mentally Ill

Credit Seattle City Council / University of Washington

Treat people hospitalized for gunshot injuries as you would treat addicts.

That’s the counsel of Dr. Fred Rivara, a professor of pediatrics, who headed a University of Washington study that found that patients who had been shot were more likely to be arrested within five years than people with a psychiatric history.

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Week In Review
12:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

U.S. Loss Becomes A Win, Domestic Partnership Becomes Marriage, Pot Packaging Becomes An Emergency

Seattle soccer fans watch a World Cup match in Nord Alley.
Flickr Photot/Sounder Bruce (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle City Light hired an online reputation management firm and now the utility would like its money, and its repuation, back. The State Liquor Control board filed emergency marijuana rules. And why does Seattle love soccer, a sport where losing can end happily?

KUOW's Bill Radke kicks those stories and more around with Joni Balter, Knute Berger and Eli Sanders.

Summer Of Safety
2:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

How Do We Prevent Gun Violence?

Marcie Sillman talks with Jeffrey Swanson about which public policies are effective in reducing gun violence. Swanson is a professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine.

Tackling Violence
7:26 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Teary-Eyed Mayor Murray Declares 'Summer Of Safety'

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said comforting families of shooting victims has been one of the toughest parts of his job.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

In the wake of recent gun violence, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the city faces a crisis of confidence in public safety.

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Gun Safety
2:25 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

A New Jersey Law That's Kept Smart Guns Off Shelves Nationwide

The Armatix smart gun is implanted with an electronic chip that allows it to be fired only if the shooter is wearing a watch that communicates with it through a radio signal. It is not sold in the U.S.
Michael Dalder Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 8:51 am

A gun that fires only in the hands of its owner isn't science fiction anymore. A so-called smart gun is already on sale in Europe. But you won't find it on store shelves in this country — in part because of an obscure New Jersey law that's had unintended consequences for the rest of the nation.

Basically, the Childproof Handgun Law of 2002 says that once "personalized handguns are available" anywhere in the country, all handguns sold in New Jersey must be smart guns within 30 months.

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Second Amendment
7:33 am
Fri June 20, 2014

You Could Win A Gun If You Give This Candidate Your Contact Info

Congressional candidate Clint Didier's 'Freedom Fighters Gun Giveaway'

Originally published on Thu June 19, 2014 7:59 am

One candidate for an eastern Washington congressional seat has hit on a way to appeal to 2nd Amendment advocates and to increase the names on his campaign mailing list.

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Gun Buyers
3:04 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Against Gun 'Straw Purchases'

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 12:59 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a major victory to gun control advocates on Monday. The 5-4 ruling allows strict enforcement of the federal ban on gun "straw purchases," or one person buying a gun for another.

The federal law on background checks requires federally licensed gun dealers to verify the identity of buyers and submit their names to a federal database to weed out felons, those with a history of mental illness and others barred from gun ownership.

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SPU Shootings
9:45 am
Wed June 11, 2014

SPU Shooter Charged With First-Degree Murder

SPU students pray and comfort each other after last Thursday's campus shootings.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The man held in the shootings at Seattle Pacific University could go to prison for life.

Aaron Ybarra was charged in Superior Court on Tuesday with one count of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of assault for the shootings last Thursday. If convicted as charged, he could face up to 86 years in prison.

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Mental Health Reform
3:15 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Following SPU Shooting, Mental Health Advocates Push For Early Intervention

Marcie Sillman talks with Sandi Ando about reforming Washington state's mental health system. Ando is public policy chair for Washington's chapter of the National Alliance On Mental Illness.

Gun Control
3:12 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Washington Voters To Decide On Dueling Gun Initiatives This November

Flickr Photo/M Glasgow (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about competing gun ballot initiatives in Washington in light of the recent Seattle Pacific University shooting.

Background Checks
9:36 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Tacoma May Close 'Gun-Show Loophole'

Credit Flickr Photo/M Glasgow (CC BY-NC-ND)

Bill Radke talks with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland about a plan to close the so-called "gun show loophole" by requiring a background check for any gun sold on city property.

Neighborhood Violence
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Residents React To Central District Shootings

Promenade 23, a shopping center in the Central District of Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Matthew Rutledge (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Over the last week and a half, there were five shootings in Seattle's Central District area, three of which were fatal.

The police haven't confirmed, but many people are saying the shootings are tied to gang activity.

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Background Checks
3:20 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Two Perspectives On The Gun Safety Debate

Credit Flickr Photo/M Glasgow (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde speaks with Christian Sinderman of Washington state's initiative to implement background checks for gun sales. Dan Baum, author of "Gun Guys: A Road Trip," also talks about strategies for better gun safety.

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