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Gun Laws
11:56 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

One By One, California Agents Track Down Illegally Owned Guns

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.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:57 am

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.

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Initiative I-591
10:51 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Gun Rights Advocates Take Aim At November 2014 Ballot

 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.

History of Insanity Plea
10:56 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Insanity Plea: A Rare And Misunderstood Defense

Last summer 12 people were fatally shot and 70 others were injured when a gunman opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. James Holmes, the suspect in that shooting pleaded not guilty last week by reason of insanity.  David Hyde explores the history and myths behind the insanity plea with author and law professor Michael Perlin.

Cafe Racer Anniversary
5:39 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Mental Health Services Still Difficult To Get In King County

One year ago, Ian Stawicki killed four people at Cafe Racer, a popular and eclectic coffee shop and bar in Seattle's University District. Later that day he killed another woman, and then himself. Like other mass shootings without apparent motive, the case galvanized discussion about mental illness and violence.

KUOW's Sara Lerner spoke with Amnon Shoenfeld, director of King County’s Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division about why it's so difficult for many families to get help for loved ones who have mental illnesses.

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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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Connecting Violence To Health
7:46 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Seattle To Launch Gun Violence Study

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 32,000 people die from gun violence each year. The Seattle study will look at gun violence from a public health standpoint.
Credit Minnesota Historical Society / Flickr

The City of Seattle is about to embark on a new study that hasn’t been done in other American cities—to look at gun violence from a public health standpoint.

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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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Housing Development
10:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

South Lake Union, Gun Control, And Our Miss Brooks

A skyline view from South Lake Union Park.
Flickr Photo/l.madhavan (CC BY-NC-ND)

The New Affordable Housing Requirements In South Lake Union
The Seattle City Council will require developers to put in some affordable housing in new South Lake Union residential towers, or pay for the city to build it. Developers are still deciding whether the requirement will make taller buildings in the neighborhood economically feasible.

Politics Is A Fighting Word
In Olympia, stronger laws regarding gun control couldn’t get past the opposition from state Senate leadership. What will citizens who support gun control do now? Eric Liu lobbied in Olympia for stronger gun control rules in Washington state.

Radio Retrospective: Gloria McMillan From Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks starring Eve Arden was a popular comedy show during radio’s golden age. Gloria McMillan was a teenager when she played Harriet on the show. She shares her insider take on the cast, Hollywood and what it was like to work in radio.

A Lunch Recommendation
Food writer Sara Dickerman recommends Pestle Rock Isan Thai Cuisine this week. It's a Thai restaurant in Ballard with bright and spicy, salads and delicious young coconut juice. You can read her recommendation for the the best hotels for food lovers in Bon Appetite.

Violent Crime
6:34 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Police: Domestic Violence Started Mass Shooting In Federal Way

Federal Way Chief of Police Brian J. Wilson speaks to reporters at a news conference on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

Police say a quadruple murder in Federal Way Sunday night started as a domestic violence incident.

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School Safety
12:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Reading, Writing And An Armed Guard: Snohomish Sheriff Gets Deputies On Campus

Sheriff John Lovick in KUOW's breakroom.
KUOW Photo/Arwen Nicks

After the Sandy Hook school shooting when 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 years old were killed in Newtown, Connecticut, some organizations, including the National Rifle Association, recommended armed guards. 

Snohomish County is putting armed police officers in county schools, but the Snohomish County Sheriff says this decision is not influenced by the NRA. Ross Reynolds and Sheriff John Lovick discuss how six armed officers rotating through more than 100 schools spread out over 2,000 square miles will potentially work.

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.

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