guns | KUOW News and Information

guns

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.

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.

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.

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.

Two Perspectives On The Gun Safety Debate

Apr 16, 2014
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.

The run on firearms last year is turning into a windfall for conservation programs in the Northwest.

How Gun Bills Fared In The 2014 Legislative Session

Mar 19, 2014
Flickr Photo/Michae Saechang (CC BY-NC-ND)

David Hyde checks in with KUOW's Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about what happened with gun-related proposals during this legislative session.

Idaho university students are making a last-minute attempt to stop a measure that would allow people to carry concealed weapons on campus.

This post was updated at 10:30 a.m. ET on March 6.

Facebook said Wednesday that it will limit minors' access to pages and posts that offer firearms for sale, along with other measures intended to curtail illegal gun trafficking.

"This is something we've been working on for a while," says Facebook spokesman Matt Steinfeld. "We want to balance the interests of people who come here to express themselves while promoting an environment that is safe and respectful."

Armatix handout

David Hyde talks with Professor Stephen Teret from John's Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research about the new smart guns hitting the market.

State colleges and universities across Idaho are appealing to state lawmakers' fiscally conservative side in an attempt to sideline a proposal to allow guns on campuses.

Gabby Giffords Makes Case For Washington Gun Checks

Jan 29, 2014
AP Photo/Mary Schwalm

Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was the star witness at a hearing on gun control and gun rights in Olympia.

Dueling Gun Bills Get A Hearing In Olympia

Jan 28, 2014
Washington State Legislature

Steve Scher talks with state Representative Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, and state Senator Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, about two opposing gun background check proposals holding public hearings in Olympia this week.

Starting Monday, Washington gun owners will have a new place to sell their firearms. That’s when a website called Washington Gun Exchange plans to launch.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Facebook Photo/Governor Jay Inslee

Ross Reynolds talks with Governor Jay Inslee about his priorities for the year. The governor also takes questions from our listeners.

Click here for our latest update.

The early reports about what happened Monday afternoon inside a movie theater near Tampa are certainly disturbing:

Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another fight over background checks for gun purchases.

Parents and students across the Northwest are seeing many new security measures as a result of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012.

A Tale Of Two Gun Control Initiatives

Jan 7, 2014
Flickr Photo/geojanitor

Ross Reynolds hears about Initiative 591 from Philip Watson on behalf of the "Protect Our Gun Rights" campaign, and about Initiative 594 from Reverend Sandy Brown on behalf of the "Alliance for Gun Responsibility."

Flickr Photo/Frank Fujimoto

When Seattle Public Library lifted its ban on guns in early November, officials there said they had done so because patrons had complained.  

Internal library emails reveal that there was just one patron complaint in several years – a man with a Yahoo email account who didn’t identify himself as either a patron or Seattle resident.

Seattle 2013: A Year In Protest

Dec 30, 2013
Heather Villanueva

As we looked back on the last year, debating which stories to highlight here, we noticed a trend that surprised us: 2013 was a year of activism and protest in the Seattle area.

KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

In the quest to improve gun safety, public health officials are borrowing a practice that’s common in car sales — talking up safety features. Now when people shop for guns, they’ll be encouraged to exercise safety and buy a lockbox as well.

Washington voters can expect a pair of dueling gun-related measures on next fall’s ballot.

Bill and Melinda Gates have each contributed $25,000 to the campaign to require background checks for most gun sales in Washington.

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Librarians have long asked you to “shhh,” and starting Monday, they may also ask you to please stop waving your gun around.

Officials at a school district in north Idaho say a plan to arm teachers is off. The proposal has been generating controversy in the Sandpoint area.

File photo of a gun show.
Flickr Photo/M Glasgow (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher speaks with State Senator Adam Kline about his plan to re-introduce a bill that would restrict a minor's access to firearms.

Demolition has begun at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a gunman killed 20 students and six adults last December. Bricks will be pulverized, steel melted down and a new school built at the same location.

Allison Hornak attended Sandy Hook Elementary School as a kid. After college, she returned home to Newtown, Conn., and opened an art gallery that's within walking distance of where the mass killing took place.

Hornak says she has a lot of fond memories of Sandy Hook — like a teacher who let her chew gum in class, and the pathways through the school.

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.

A school district in north Idaho is considering a plan to arm select teachers and staff with concealed handguns. The school board is asking for public comment at a meeting Tuesday in Sandpoint, Idaho.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting last year, officials at the Lake Pend Oreille School District took a look at their own safety procedures. They discovered that, in a similar situation, some of the rural schools in the district would have to wait as long as 20 minutes for police arrive.

Pages