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Tag Archives: Secure Firearms Ownership

*This* is what leadership looks like: New Zealand is banning military-grade guns

Excerpt: It's truly refreshing to see a country's leadership take swift and decisive action to improve gun safety laws in the aftermath of a horrific mass shooting.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Don’t expect right wing media to apologize for deceptively declaring I‑1639 to be dead

Excerpt: Last week, right wing blogs and media outlets credited the NRA with a big victory when a judge blocked the Alliance for Gun Responsibility's I-1639 from the ballot. Now that the Supreme Court has reversed that judge's decision, though, no mea culpas appear to be forthcoming.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture
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Victory! Washington State House passes bill to ban bump fire stocks (trigger modifiers)

Excerpt: Legislation to ban bump stocks, also known as trigger modification devices, took another step towards landing on Governor Jay Inslee's desk today when the Washington State House voted decisively to pass ESB 5992.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy
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Victory for gun responsibility! Washington State Senate passes bill banning bump stocks

Excerpt: The good news out of Olympia just keeps on coming! By a vote of twenty-nine to twenty, the Washington State Senate tonight voted to ban bump stocks, the now-infamous devices that were used in the horrific Las Vegas massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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A Jinyoung Englund win would mean more inaction on gun violence in Washington State

Excerpt: The gun lobby knows that if Republican Jinyoung Englund wins, the NRA's accomplices stay in charge of the Senate, and will retain the power to kill off any gun safety bills they don't like. The gun lobby can overlook Englund's divergence from the party line. What ultimately matters to them is the majority, not what Englund tells Eastside voters in an effort to attract support for her candidacy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Attorney General Bob Ferguson proposes legislation to ban sale of assault weapons

Excerpt: Vow­ing to pro­tect lives and strength­en the state’s many diverse com­mu­ni­ties, Wash­ing­ton’s chief legal offi­cer announced today he will be propos­ing leg­is­la­tion to ban the sale of assault weapon­ry — in oth­er words, guns designed for the sole pur­pose of killing large num­bers of human beings. The agency request leg­is­la­tion, which already has the sup­port […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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HAPPENING NOW: U.S. House Democrats stage sit-in on House floor over gun violence

Excerpt: Fed up with inac­tion in Con­gress on gun safe­ty reform, Demo­c­ra­t­ic mem­bers of the Unit­ed States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives have decid­ed to occu­py the well of the House until Speak­er Paul Ryan and his lead­er­ship team agree to hold a vote on leg­is­la­tion that would address the nation’s gun vio­lence epi­dem­ic. The sit-in began with […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Live Coverage
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Senator Chris Murphy’s talking filibuster to stop gun violence enters its fourteenth hour

Excerpt: Ear­ly this morn­ing, at 8:21 AM Pacif­ic Time, Demo­c­ra­t­ic U.S. Sen­a­tor Chris Mur­phy of Con­necti­cut took to the Sen­ate floor to call for action to address gun vio­lence. But instead of mere­ly giv­ing a short speech and then yield­ing the floor, Mur­phy coura­geous­ly began what has now turned into the eighth longest “talk­ing fil­i­buster” in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy
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How would WA Republicans like it if *these* bills needed a two-thirds vote to pass?

Excerpt: Any­one who has spent time attempt­ing to under­stand the pol­i­tics of the Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­can Par­ty knows that Repub­li­cans spend an awful lot of time lis­ten­ing to (and tak­ing their cues from) mil­i­tant, right wing ini­tia­tive prof­i­teer Tim Eyman, who has become obsessed late­ly with gut­ting Wash­ing­ton’s cher­ished tra­di­tion of major­i­ty rule and replac­ing it […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy
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At least ten shot dead at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon; more injured

Excerpt: Gun vio­lence has once again left dozens of peo­ple dead and wound­ed at a place of learn­ing, this time right here in the great Pacif­ic North­west: An inci­dent with an active shoot­er has tak­en place at Umpqua Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege in Rose­burg that has left at least 10 peo­ple dead and more than 20 injured. Accord­ing […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tragedy strikes again: One dead, several hurt in mass shooting at Seattle Pacific University

Excerpt: Amer­i­ca’s dead­ly gun vio­lence epi­dem­ic has once again vis­it­ed Wash­ing­ton State. Today, at Seat­tle Pacif­ic Uni­ver­si­ty, one young per­son was killed and sev­er­al oth­ers were crit­i­cal­ly and seri­ous­ly hurt by an uniden­ti­fied gun­man who walked into Otto Miller Hall and began shoot­ing at stu­dents ear­ly in the after­noon. The gun­man was tack­led and sub­dued by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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