Gov. Inslee signs Washington gun violence prevention bills
One bill bans the sale of certain semiautomatic rifles, one imposes a 10-day waiting period on firearms purchases and one clears the way for lawsuits against gun makers or sellers in certain cases.
Frequent shootings put US mass killings on a record pace
The carnage has taken 88 lives in 17 mass killings over 111 days. Each time, the killers wielded firearms. Only 2009 was marked by as many such tragedies in the same period of time.
Washington Legislature passes ban on semi-automatic rifles
The law would cover more than 50 gun models, including AR-15s, AK-47s and similar style rifles, which fire one bullet per trigger pull and automatically reload for a subsequent shot.
Charged debate on Oregon gun bills reflects divide playing out across the country
An emotionally charged debate over Oregon’s gun-related legislation recently brought lawmakers on different sides of the issue near tears, reflecting a passionate divide over gun rights that is also playing out nationwide.
Portland State University groups concerned with return to more armed campus patrols
PSU documents a sharp rise in guns on campus. Advocacy group Disarm PSU says the decision to increase armed patrols goes in the wrong direction.
Tennessee House votes to expel 2 of 3 Democratic members over gun protest
The Republican-led House voted to expel Reps. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson for participating in a protest on the floor of the House over gun laws. A motion to remove Rep. Gloria Johnson failed.
Oregon legislators move to pass gun restrictions held up in state court
Oregon lawmakers are considering legislation to enact firearms restrictions originally passed by voters in November. The draft legislation would require a permit to purchase a firearm and ban magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Those are the same provisions in Ballot Measure 114 which is currently blocked from taking effect by a state judge.
President Biden pushes for assault ban, but GOP leaders remain opposed
The president said he's already used the "full extent" of his executive authority to combat gun violence. GOP lawmakers argue it's premature to press bills before the facts are out.
Oregon legislators to consider 3 new laws aimed at curbing gun deaths
Legislators in Oregon are making a fourth attempt to ban “ghost guns,” untraceable and undetectable firearms that are assembled at home. They have proliferated in recent years. The legislation is one of three bills put forward this session to address gun violence in the state.
Alleged Normandale Park shooter set to plead guilty Wednesday in Multnomah County court
Benjamin Smith is charged with one count of murder and four counts of attempted murder stemming from a shooting on Feb. 19, 2022, at Normandale Park in Northeast Portland that left June Knightly dead and another unnamed victim paralyzed from the neck down, according to court documents filed by prosecutors.