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Jonathan Levinson


Jonathan Levinson is a multimedia reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He’s the Audion Fellow covering Guns & America.

Previously, Jonathan covered Mexico as a freelancer. His radio work has appeared on NPR and the CBC. His photography has been featured in ESPN, The Washington Post and Bloomberg News.

Jonathan spent five years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army and has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.

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Recent Articles

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LGBTQ Veterans Face Compounding Mental Health Challenges

Veterans have much higher rates of suicide than the general population. So does the LGBTQ community. But the problem compounds where those communities intersect: LGBTQ veterans.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Gun Bills And A New Secretary Of State

Security in the state Capitol was extra tight this week as lawmakers considered whether to expand the state’s gun control laws.

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Oregon Lawmakers Take Up Raft Of New Gun Laws

The Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee heard public testimony Tuesday morning for an omnibus bill combining several proposed gun laws.

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Taking A Life When It's Life Or Death

Self-defense is the No. 1 reason Americans buy firearms. But very few people know how they’ll respond if they actually have to use their gun. Taking a life, even if it’s justified, can have a long-lasting emotional impact.

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'What If They Want You Dead?' Leftists Bear Arms In Self-Defense

With the threat of right-wing violence on the rise, some activists on the left are taking a page out of the 1960s civil rights movement: armed self-defense. 

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Proposed Alternative To NRA's 'Murder Insurance' Has Early Support

A proposed alternative to the NRA's Carry Guard insurance has earned support on both sides of the gun debate. 

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Locked And Unloaded: Safe Gun Storage Laws Could Come To Oregon

Oregon, like many states, doesn’t require gun owners to lock up their weapons when not in use. But that could change during the upcoming legislative session.

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Dick's Sporting Goods Settles Lawsuit Over Gun Sale Age Restrictions

Tyler Watson, 20, settled his age discrimination lawsuit against Dicks Sporting Goods. In February, the retailer changed its firearms policy, raising the minimum age to buy a gun to 21.

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Voters In Washington Just Approved Some Of The Nation’s Strictest Gun Laws

The only statewide gun legislation on the ballot this Election Day was approved by 60 percent of Washington voters. Initiative 1639 will tighten laws on semi-automatic rifles in the state.

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Sanctuary Cities For Gun Rights? Oregon Militias Try New Political Tactic

Gun rights groups are pursuing a new strategy in 10 Oregon counties that takes a cue from an unlikely source: progressive policymakers.  

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Some Oregon County Ballot Measures Give Sweeping Authority To Sheriffs

Ten Oregon counties will vote on Second Amendment Preservation Ordinances which would give county sheriffs sweeping authority to interpret the constitution.

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Oregon Open Carry Law Creates Training Challenge For Police

Oregon police officers spend a lot of time training for how and when to use force, but when guns are involved difficult situations can quickly become deadly.

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Even In Washington State, Gun Control Debates Are Emotional And Intense

Initiative 1639, which voters will decide on this November, would raise the legal age to buy certain kinds of rifles to 21 and require gun owners to ensure children and others can’t access their firearms. Recent history suggests Washington voters support tougher gun laws but no conversation about guns is easy.