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The Columbian: I-594 Blocks 50 Gun Sales

April 7, 2016

The Associated Press reports in The Columbian:

SEATTLE — Records from the FBI show that Washington’s new background check law blocked 50 gun purchases by felons during its first 14 months in effect.

The FBI’s criminal background check databased showed nearly 4,000 felons were caught trying to buy a firearm in Washington last year after the implementation of the state’s gun law, including the 50 private sales that are now regulated because of Initiative 594, KING-TV reported.

Read the full story here.

Regina Malveaux: “Extreme risk protection orders are crucial”

March 28, 2016

Regina Malveaux of the Spokane YWCA writes in The Spokesman-Review:

Over the past several months, in official hearings in the state House of Representatives and in newspaper and television interviews, the narrative has become clear. Instead of acknowledging the inherent difficulty and sensitivity of protecting yourself from a loved one, the gun lobby has chosen to paint women as “vindictive” and “angry ex’s.”

. . .

These are not offhand comments. This is a pattern of indifference to the safety of victims of domestic violence for the parents and spouses of people suffering a mental health crisis, and for the victims of preventable gun violence. It shows utter disregard for the very people we at the YWCA are working so hard to support.

If a member of my family were in crisis, I would like to have the power to keep them, my family and my community safe. I believe all families deserve to have access to a tool like extreme risk protection orders. I know that this tool can help prevent gun-related tragedies. The women and men who file these orders are not vindictive, they are brave.

Read her full op-ed here.

 

Statement on Shootings in Belfair, Washington and Hesston and Newton, Kansas

February 26, 2016

Executive Director Renee Hopkins released the following statement on recent tragic shootings in Washington and Kansas:

It’s been a difficult 24 hours. Seven innocent lives have been taken by gun violence in separate incidents in Kansas and Washington.

Yesterday evening a gunman drove through two towns in Kansas firing out of his car window.  He drove to the manufacturing plant where he worked, and he kept shooting.  By the time he was killed in a shootout with police he had taken three lives, and wounded at least fourteen, ten critically.

This afternoon, a State Patrol SWAT surrounded a home in Belfair, Washington. The owner killed himself after shooting his wife and two of his children. Five people including the shooter were killed and at least one more child was injured.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and communities of Hesston and Newton, Kansas and Belfair, Washington. Over the last 24 hours, we’ve added seven more names to the long list of ordinary people whose lives were cut tragically short by gun violence. Now, we try to make sense of a senseless tragedy.

There is so much that we don’t yet know about the circumstances surrounding these shootings, but we do know one thing absolutely: people with a history of violence, people who threaten and abuse their partners and children, people experiencing a dangerous mental health crisis should not have easy access to firearms. Our legislators all over the country must act to give law enforcement the resources and tools to keep guns out of dangerous hands.

In the face of so many tragedies it is easy to become discouraged, but my time working with survivors, with law enforcement and public health experts has made one thing very clear:  gun violence is preventable.

KING5: “Victims and Law Enforcement Announced a New . . . Initiative”

February 19, 2016

This coverage of our launch event from KING5 is fabulous and makes it clear why Extreme Risk Protection Orders are so important:

 

 

You can also watch the story here.

KOMO: “Gun-safety group wants protection order measure to ballot”

February 19, 2016

Check out this story from KOMO News on our launch announcement:

 

 

You can also watch the video, and read a wonderful write up from Martha Bellisle of the Associate Press, here.

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