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Washington Firearm Background Check System Needs FixThe current system relies on 260 local law enforcement agencies to conduct background checks when someone wants to buy a handgun or get a concealed pistol license.
Senate Rejects Gun Curbs, Despite Orlando MassacreA divided Senate rejected rival plans to bolster the federal background check system and moved toward blocking other proposed curbs on guns Monday, eight days after the horror of Orlando's mass shooting intensified pressure on lawmakers to act but knotted them in election-year gridlock anyway — even over restricting firearms for terrorists.
Washington Lawmakers Begin Hearings On Gun Control BillsVictims of gun violence, families of people killed in mass shootings and police officers urged Washington state lawmakers on Thursday to support a list of measures designed to keep firearms away from children and at-risk people, while gun-rights activists argued the proposed bills duplicate existing laws and would violate a gun owner's constitutional rights.
Hundreds Of Gun Activists Protest Obama Visit To Oregon Killing SiteHolding signs saying the president was not welcome, more than 200 gun-rights activists protested Barack Obama's visit on Friday to Oregon to meet with the families of victims of last week's campus killings.
Oregon Shooter's Mother Made Online Posts Regarding Son's Guns, AutismThe mother of the gunman responsible for nine deaths at an Oregon community college knew her son had guns and made online posts discussing his autism, according to CBS News.
Oregon Gunman Chris Harper-Mercer Was Army Dropout Who Studied Mass ShootersThe 26-year-old gunman who opened fire in a community college English class, killing nine, was an Army boot camp dropout who studied mass shooters before becoming one himself.
Washington May Become Model For Gun MeasuresWashington voters decisively backed expanded background checks for guns
Washington Voters Reject Initiative 591A measure seeking to prevent Washington state from expanding gun sale background checks beyond a national uniform standard has been rejected by voters
Rival Gun Measures To Be Decided In WashingtonVoters decide Tuesday whether to increase the number of background checks on gun sales and transfers conducted in Washington state
Voters To Decide On Initiatives, Dozens Of Raceshttp://cbsloc.al/1o672SR
Giffords Struggling To Make Guns A Midterm IssueFour years after she was shot in the head and went on to inspire millions with her recovery, Gabby Giffords is as committed as ever to pushing for tighter gun-control laws. But in the final days of this year's midterm elections, few candidates are willing to rally to her cause. There's little to suggest those elected next week will pursue the changes she seeks in the nation's gun laws.
Gabby Giffords Spoke In Seattle For Gun ControlFormer Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was wounded three years ago in Tucson, spoke in Seattle Wednesday as part of a cross-country tour to promote gun control.

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