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  • Home invasion ends with suspect’s stabbing(WA)

    01/03/2012 8:01:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 1 January, 2012 | Jefferson Robbins
    CHELAN FALLS — Chelan County sheriff’s deputies said a man suspected of breaking into a Chelan Falls home was stabbed by the homeowner in self-defense. Suspect Joshua D. Rogge, 32, suffered stab wounds that were deemed not life-threatening. Deputies said the 49-year-old homeowner on Chelan Street called 911 about 9:30 p.m. Friday, reporting that Rogge had forced entry into the house armed with a baseball bat. The homeowner wielded a kitchen knife to defend himself. Rogge fled and was found at Lake Chelan Community Hospital after driving himself there for medical attention, deputies said. He was ailed after treatment on...
  • Massive manhunt after ranger slain at Rainier

    01/02/2012 10:54:47 AM PST · by An American! · 22 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/1/2012 | Mike Carter, Craig Welch, Steve Miletich and Jack Broom
    Park Ranger Margaret Anderson, a mother of two who was married to another ranger at the park, was shot about 10:30 a.m. Sunday after setting up a roadblock to stop a car that was fleeing another officer. A man who was being sought in the shooting of four people at a New Year's party in South King County early Sunday is suspected in the fatal shooting of a park ranger in Mount Rainier National Park later in the morning. ....Searchers flew over the park Sunday night in a plane with infrared equipment that picks up signs of body heat. Meanwhile,...
  • Mount Rainier shooting opens door for agenda pandering

    01/02/2012 9:16:17 AM PST · by rockrr · 43 replies ^ | January 2, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Four people shot in Skyway and hours later, the same “person of interest” is allegedly involved in the slaying of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger, and in the aftermath, a debate is erupting over a 2010 law that allowed private citizens to carry loaded firearms in national parks in accordance with the laws of the state in which the park is located. Congress lifted a ban on carrying loaded guns in national parks in February 2010 amid warnings by critics that the action would lead to gun violence and poaching.—Seattle Times KING 5 morning anchor Joyce Taylor also tried...
  • SAF brief demolishes Seattle's Supreme Court review request

    01/02/2012 6:26:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    While many in Seattle woke up with headaches Sunday morning in a new year filled with more challenge than “hope and change,” attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association, two other groups and five citizens may be giving the city another headache in a case with national implications. The year ended with the State Supreme Court getting a devastating 22-page response to the city’s earlier petition for the high court’s review of an Oct. 31 unanimous appeals court ruling against the city in its attempt to ban firearms from city parks property. The brief, from Seattle attorney Steven...
  • WI experience should be wake-up call to WA senators

    12/21/2011 4:17:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 20 December, 2011 | Dave Workman
    There’s a rush going on in Wisconsin that has nothing to do with Christmas, but it does offer a lesson to anti-gun politicians – including Washington State’s two U.S. Senators – that given the choice, citizens believe in being armed, and will exercise that civil right.. Since the new concealed carry statute took effect Nov. 1, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has been flooded with permit applications; more than 56,000 so far, and of those, at least 25,000 have so far been approved, while only a tiny fraction have been denied, according to two of the state’s largest newspapers, the...
  • Push on for stronger self-defense law in WA

    12/19/2011 4:03:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 December, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Washington State armed citizens are being lobbied to push for adoption of a proposed statute that will strengthen the Evergreen State’s lethal force self-defense law, a measure that was introduced in January and now waits for more co-sponsors. Leading the charge is veteran firearms instructor Marty Hayes, founder of the Firearms Academy of Seattle. His primary concern is a 2005 Supreme Court ruling in State v. Brightman, a case involving a man who, during the course of a fistfight over $20, pulled a gun and struck his opponent only to have the pistol discharge, fatally wounding Dexter Villa near Titlow...
  • Wolves killed AK teacher; report adds new fuel to NW wolf war

    12/14/2011 3:54:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 December, 2011 | Dave Workman
    With confirmation the other day by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game that at least two wolves were responsible for killing a young high school teacher, the debate about wolf management in the Pacific Northwest has erupted anew. Good news: The argument has spread to Minnesota, where the assertion by a Cal State sociology professor who classified wolf opponents as militia nuts has been rebutted by a Minnesota state senator using reason rather than vitriol in relation to that state’s effort to de-list wolves as an endangered species. In the mid-1990s, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released...
  • Lawyer: Man to plead guilty in Seattle terror plot ("Religion of Peace" Alert)

    12/08/2011 8:21:26 AM PST · by matt1234 · 5 replies ^ | Dec. 7, 2011 | unknown
    One of two men charged with planning to attack a Seattle military recruiting station last summer has agreed to plead guilty, his lawyer said Wednesday. Michele Shaw, an attorney for Walli Mujahidh, confirmed to The Associated Press that he will plead guilty to multiple charges in federal court Thursday, after the change-of-plea hearing was posted in the court calendar. She declined to comment further. The 32-year-old from Los Angeles was arrested in June along with Khalid Abdul-Latif of Seattle in an FBI sting. Federal prosecutors said the men were taken into custody when they arrived at a warehouse garage to...
  • Hunter backlash begins over wolf plan adoption(WA)

    12/06/2011 5:21:20 PM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 5 December, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Unanimous adoption of a controversial wolf management plan by the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission has ignited a firestorm in the hunting community, with concerns over the future viability of big game herds combining with a sense that the commission has turned its backs on sportsmen and women who pay the tab for wildlife management. Anger and frustration may turn to political action and with the Legislature convening next month, if this state’s sportsmen finally figure out how to speak with a single voice, it could be rough on lawmakers who normally pay no attention to the hook-and-bullet crowd. Hunters...
  • Tacoma Mayor responds to "Republicans are racist" comment

    12/06/2011 8:32:45 AM PST · by matt1234 · 43 replies ^ | Dec. 5, 2011 | David Boze
    Tacoma's Mayor Marilyn Strickland recently told students at Pacific Lutheran University that the reasons Republicans were unsuccessful in recruiting minorities was because "they are racist." When her comments leaked to the media, she said she intended to say that they were "perceived as racist."I don't buy the idea that she "intended" to say something different. But I can accept that in hindsight she wishes she had. And that's a start. At least she acknowledges that Republicans are trying to include minorities, which is more than some Democrats have been willing to say of late. And it's good that she feels...
  • Intruder shot, wounded inside Port Orchard home(WA)

    12/05/2011 4:21:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 3 December, 2011 | Staff
    PORT ORCHARD — A 47-year-old Port Orchard man was shot and wounded early Saturday when, while fleeing from police, he barged into a Melcher Street home and struggled with a man who lives there. Washington State Patrol troopers believe the resident, who is in his 20s, fired a single shot that hit the 47-year-old in the abdomen. Police had responded to the area of Melcher and Tacoma Avenue about 1:15 a.m. after somone called 911 from an address there and hung up. They found the 47-year-old man in the street and two officers ended up in a struggle with him....
  • Port Orchard homeowner shoots intruder (WA)

    12/04/2011 6:43:34 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 3 December, 2011 | NA
    PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - No charges are expected to be filed against a Kitsap County homeowner who shot a man who broke into his house Saturday morning. It happened around 1 a.m. in Port Orchard near Melcher Street and Portland Avenue. The suspect was on the run from police when he forced his way into a home to try to hide from the officers. The homeowner was sleeping at the time, but woke up when he heard the suspect break down the door. Authorities say the homeowner shot the intruder in self defense. "In this situation, someone physically broke in...
  • Familiar theme in Seattle’s ‘living in denial’ Supreme Court petition(WA)

    12/03/2011 6:16:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 December, 2011 | Dave Workman
    The City of Seattle is arguing that a state appeals court “misread” earlier case law regarding Washington State’s model preemption act, which sounds vaguely reminiscent of what the gun prohibition lobby contended after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2008 landmark Second Amendment ruling in District of Columbia v. Dick Anthony Heller. More than two years ago, this column (which bears re-visiting) discussed that “living in denial” approach to reality, and yesterday’s petition for review by Seattle shows the city needs some adult supervision. Mayor Mike McGinn and his administration didn’t get their way, so there obviously was a mistake on the...
  • BREAKING: Seattle petitions state Supreme Court to review gun ban loss(WA)

    12/02/2011 6:02:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 December, 2011 | Dave Workman
    The City of Seattle has petitioned the state Supreme Court in an effort to resurrect its city parks and community centers gun ban after losing the battle twice to the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the National Rifle Association, in King County Superior Court and at the State Court of Appeals. This column discussed that court ruling in October. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb told this column Thursday that “If they want to go to that expense, we’ll be happy to beat them again. It’s entirely...
  • State to pay attorney's fees in nightclub gun case(WA)

    11/24/2011 5:40:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 23 November, 2011 | Tony Lystra
    An appellate court has ruled that the state must pay the attorney's fees of a Longview man acquitted last year of four counts of assault after he pointed a gun at bouncers and staff outside a downtown Longview nightclub. "I'm free to waltz into court and say, ‘God damn it, give me my money,' " Longview attorney Duane Crandall, who represented defendant Brian Barnd-Spjut in the matter, said this week. A Cowlitz County jury ruled last year that Barnd-Spjut was acting in self defense when he pointed his gun at staff outside the now-defunct Kesler's Bar and Grill. The bouncers...
  • Fatal shooting was in defense(WA)

    11/21/2011 10:50:56 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies ^ | 20 November, 2011 | Cameron Probert
    EPHRATA - Charges won't be filed in the case of an Aug. 31 shooting in Moses Lake. Prosecutor Angus Lee stated the man who shot and killed Michael V. Elliot, 39, Moses Lake, was defending himself after Elliot reportedly assaulted him. "In short, there is no evidence available for the state to establish a lack of self-defense," he wrote in a letter to the sheriff's office. "The shooter's action appeared to be justifiable and reasonable self-defense in the face of an armed and aggressive intoxicated felon with a long history of serious assaults." The shooter, who was not identified, was...
  • In self-defense: Walla Walla case has lesson for armed citizens(WA)

    11/17/2011 6:59:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 November, 2011 | Dave Workman
    According to published reports, the Oct. 16 brouhaha began with an exchange of angry words in a dog park at Fort Walla Walla Park and ended with one man shooting the other in his leg. But according to the Tri-Cities Herald, a decision by Walla Walla County Prosecutor Jim Nagle to not file a criminal assault charge against 22-year-old Tyler B. Larson of College Place appears to have been properly by-the-book based on Washington State’s use-of-force statutes. Larson’s bullet hit 59-year-old Terry E. Bickford in the right thigh, the newspaper reports said. This happened after Bickford reportedly had been "acting...
  • Man in Walla Walla park shooting won't face charges(WA)

    11/16/2011 5:56:08 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 15 November, 2011 | Staff
    WALLA WALLA -- A man involved in a shooting at Fort Walla Walla Park last month will not face criminal charges. Walla Walla County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle said Monday he is declining to file assault charges against Tyler B. Larson, 22, of College Place, "because the prosecution would be unable to prove the absence of self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt." According to Walla Walla Police, Larson shot Terry E. Bickford, 59, of Walla Walla, in the right thigh with a handgun on the evening of Oct. 16 after the two men left the dog park. Nagle said Larson and...

    11/12/2011 3:44:07 AM PST · by expat1000 · 2 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | Nov 11, 2011 | p
    The Snohomish County Executive Office and the Diversity Council has invited the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) to conduct diversity training on Nov 14th from Noon to 1:00 pm in Public Meeting Room 1, Drewel Building in Everett. (hat tip Rose via Lynda) The idea that a Muslim Brotherhood hate group that was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror funding trial, the Holy Land Foundation trial, will conduct "training" to government officials is indicative of how co-opted and compromised we are. The Snohomish County Council Members scheduled CAIR to teach diversity training in order to help...
  • Twitter hiccup leads Inslee to follow racy site

    11/10/2011 12:44:03 PM PST · by matt1234 · 2 replies ^ | Nov. 10, 2011 | unknown
    This isn't exactly the type of working Washington that Jay Inslee is seeking to build. Campaign officials for the Democratic gubernatorial candidate said Thursday that a technical glitch led his Twitter account to follow a promoter of an Internet porn company. Inslee spokeswoman Jaime Smith says a volunteer had set up a program to automatically identify Twitter users who may be useful to engage on the social networking site. Staffers are no longer using the program, and Smith says the campaign stopped following the account Thursday after state Republicans pointed it out. Smith says Inslee does not directly manage his...
  • Illegal immigrants let go scot-free after hitting your car

    11/08/2011 7:57:04 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 56 replies
    KIMA CBS 29 ^ | Nov 8, 2011 | Sarah Navoy
    YAKIMA -- Imagine this: Someone hits your car and causes $2,000 of damage. Damage you get the bill for. To make matters worse, that person responsible is in the U.S. illegally. "Here it's cracked, and it shattered the whole tail light," says car accident victim, Karen Daniels. Her car is fixed now, but that's after plenty of headaches and conversations with her insurance company. "She didn't have a driver's license, didn't have insurance, and she had no green card," says Karen. So that's where police step in. Or, do they? "The municipal law enforcement officer in state of Washington will...
  • Darcy Burner running for Congress again in different WA district (OWS Candidate)

    11/02/2011 7:00:02 PM PDT · by Baynative · 15 replies ^ | 11/2/11 | KING 5 News
    SEATTLE – Darcy Burner, the Democrat who twice tried to unseat Rep. Dave Reichert in Washington's 8th District, announced Wednesday that she is entering the 2012 race for Washington state’s 1st District seat. The district is currently held by Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., who is running for governor next year.
  • Children In Military Families More At Risk For Violence And Gang Membership(barf alert)

    11/02/2011 5:15:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 31 October, 2011 | Patricia Murphy
    TRANSCRIPT The study found that eighth–grade boys with at least one parent in the military were more than two times more likely to join a gang. Girls in the same grade were two times more likely to carry a weapon than their peers in civilian families. The likelihood of risky behavior and school fighting in these categories only increases with age. Lead researcher Sara Reed says the study gives insight into the under–recognized consequences of war. But she says there's also much more to learn. Reed: "This is the tip of the iceberg. Yes these are interesting and intriguing findings,...
  • Appeals court upholds decision voiding Seattle's gun ban

    11/01/2011 4:44:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies · 1+ views ^ | 31 October, 2011 | NA
    A Washington appeals court on Monday upheld a King County superior judge's ruling that voided Seattle's ban on carrying guns in city parks. In a unanimous ruling, three judges of the Washington State Court of Appeals for Division 1 ruled that Judge Catherine Shaffer was correct in her Feb. 2010 decision that the city exceeded its authority in banning firearms from parks. Only the legislature, not the city, has authority to enact such a restriction, the judges concluded. The Second Amendment Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and several individuals, including a gay rights activist and a Department of Corrections worker,...
  • Second Amendment / Equal Protection Clause Victory for Legal Alien Gun Owners

    10/28/2011 5:50:33 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | 27 October, 2011 | Eugene Volokh
    A pre-2009 Washington state law, under which Yasin Ibrahim was convicted, required aliens to get a license . (A new statute sets up a different licensing scheme for alien gun owners, but that statute wasn’t involved in this case.) Ibrahim was prosecuted under the old law, for having an unlicensed gun. Today’s State v. Ibrahim (Wash. Ct. App.) holds that the old law violated the Equal Protection Clause by unconstitutionally discriminating against noncitizens. And in the process the court says that the law did this “by denying [legal aliens’] Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.” This independent focus...
  • Suspected burglar shot, killed in Cascade Valley(WA)

    10/21/2011 6:00:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 19 October, 2011 | Ryan Lancaster
    MOSES LAKE- A 30-year-old Moses Lake man is dead after being shot Sunday night in what appears to have been an attempted burglary north of Moses Lake city limits. Grant County Sheriff's deputies and Moses Lake Police officers responded to a mobile home on Ottmar Road Northeast in Cascade Valley around 9 p.m. following a 9-1-1 call for a robbery in progress, according to Grant County Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo. Officers entered the home of Timothy Mandelas, 44, to discover Joshua Montano had been shot several times in the chest with a pistol, a Moses Lake Police report stated. Ponozzo said...
  • Coupeville mother of 5 seeks mercy for detained husband

    10/16/2011 11:05:01 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 35 replies
    PNW Local News ^ | Oct 16 2011 | - Jessie Stensland
    By all accounts, Jaime Villicana-Campos is a wonderful husband and a beloved father to his children. He held two physically demanding jobs and worked seven days a week to support his large family. He somehow still made time to spend with his little girls, especially 6-year-old Angelica who suffers from epilepsy. She is particularly close to her doting father and is known in the family as “Daddy’s girl.” But because of the nation’s sometimes vexing immigration laws, Villicana-Campos is sitting in a Tacoma federal detention facility. He was nabbed by immigration officials in June, a month before his fifth daughter...
  • Fed court to reexamine library web filters

    10/07/2011 9:48:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 6 October, 2011 | Jefferson Robbins
    RICHLAND — Central Washington’s library system will head back to federal court Oct. 25 to further argue its filtering of public Internet access. The hearing in Richland before U.S. District Court Judge Edward F. Shea will consider motions left dangling after the Washington Supreme Court last year upheld the North Central Regional Library district practice of narrowly filtering Internet pages related to pornography and gambling. The state court’s 6-3 decision sided with the NCRL and its 28 branch libraries in a 2006 suit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, representing three North Central Washington residents — Sarah Bradburn of...
  • Gun club trial to resume Thursday (WA)

    10/04/2011 5:26:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 3 October, 2011 | Christopher Dunagan
    TACOMA — The court trial involving the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club will move into its third day on Thursday, when Kitsap County deputy prosecutor Neil Wachter is scheduled to call more witnesses to support the county's case. The county is seeking to have the gun club's shooting range on Seabeck Highway declared a nuisance because of noise and risks to neighbors. The county also wants the club to be found in violation of local land-use rules related to clearing timberland, filling a wetland and diverting a stream. The club maintains that the county has overstepped its legal authority and...
  • Are lawmakers quietly trying to bury state’s unique self-defense statute?(WA)

    10/02/2011 5:40:35 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 September, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Next Tuesday in Olympia, the House Judiciary Committee is holding a work session to discuss something called “unjust conviction compensation,” but it also appears they will be looking at a way to repeal this state’s unique self-defense compensation statute. Judiciary - 10/04/11 9:00 am Full Committee Senate Hearing Rm 3 J.A. Cherberg Building Olympia, WA Work Session: Wrongful conviction compensation. Self-defense reimbursement statute. Government liability and risk management practices. Immigration services and assistance. *Meeting will adjourn at 3 p.m. Committee Meeting Documents Note: Documents are not available online until the meeting has begun. State RCW 9A.16.110 – the only law...
  • WA universities should study Oregon ruling on campus CCW

    10/01/2011 5:20:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 September, 2011 | Dave Workman
    A ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals this week is causing no small degree of consternation among Beaver State university officials, and their colleagues north of the Columbia River might want to give the issue some attention because it overrules campus bans on firearms thanks to Oregon’s preemption statute. Washington adopted state preemption in 1983 and strengthened it two years later. The Evergreen State law has become a model for preemption statutes in several other states. Yet here in Washington, universities and colleges still prohibit even legally-licensed students, staff and teachers from being armed on campus, under state administrative...
  • Susan Powell father-in-law: child porn charges

    09/23/2011 7:06:00 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 53 replies
    TACOMA, Wash. -- The father-in-law of a missing Utah woman was charged Thursday with voyeurism and possession of child pornography after police investigating her disappearance came across thousands of images of women videotaped without their knowledge, some of his daughter-in-law, Pierce County authorities said.
  • DSHS revokes license of Spokane Valley adult home over gun concerns(WA)

    09/22/2011 7:02:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 20 September, 2011 | & Katie Utehs
    SPOKANE VALLEY-- A Spokane Valley man said the Department of Social and Health Services has revoked the license of his adult family home because he carries a concealed weapon and has a shotgun locked up in his room. Soon six elderly people that live there may be looking for a new home. Click here to read the DSHS investigation documents. According to the DSHS investigation Spencer Lowell and his father failed to provide a safe adult family home. Lowell has operated Valley Pines Retirement Home for the last three years with his father. He also carries a concealed weapon, a...
  • Judge: Striking Wash. teachers could be replaced

    09/19/2011 7:22:01 PM PDT · by quantim · 23 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Sep 19, 8:23 PM EDT
    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A judge said Monday he's considering giving Washington state's third-largest school district the option of replacing teachers on the picket line as a strike continued despite the judge's order to return to work. The unexpected comment from Pierce County Superior Court Judge Bryan Chushcoff came as Tacoma school district classes were canceled Monday and Tuesday due to the strike, the News Tribune reported ( ). "That came as quite a surprise," district spokesman Dan Voelpel said. "We didn't ask about that in court. He began speaking out loud about actions to impose next week." It would...
  • Arrests in Kent shootout highlight gang problem(WA)

    09/17/2011 7:44:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 September, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Four men are now in jail and two more are being sought for their involvement in the July 23 shootout at a Kent low-rider car show; a blast-o-rama that left a dozen people injured and gun prohibitionists blaming gun owners and firearms rights for an incident that was totally gang-related. This column discussed the case back in July, noting that this sort of thing doesn’t happen at gun shows. A detailed narrative of the investigation is attached to court papers linked by the Seattle Times. It’s quite interesting reading. Done by a Kent police detective, the report reveals that rival...
  • Longshore Union Member (Obama's Army) Attacks Media (very foul language)

    09/09/2011 8:18:17 PM PDT · by Beckett08 · 44 replies · 1+ views
    This occurred at International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU Local 21)
  • Open carry activists planning Green Lake response(s) this weekend(WA)

    08/27/2011 5:24:44 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 August, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Alarmed by an encounter involving a longtime open carry activist and Seattle police at Green Lake last weekend, some open carry activists are planning to visit Green Lake Saturday around noon, and others tell this column they may walk around Green Lake on Sunday. Why? After a week of discussion on the Open Carry forum, one might think this controversy had run its course and that it is time to move on. It's caused a good discussion on the Defensive Carry forum. The incident has taken on something of a life of its own. This column discussed the encounter that...
  • No mention of drawn gun in Green lake incident report (WA)

    08/24/2011 4:32:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 23 August, 2011 | Dave Workman
    A tempest is brewing over an incident at Seattle’s Green Lake Sunday morning in which an armed citizen was stopped, questioned, disarmed and subsequently released by Seattle police who were called to the scene by an unidentified woman who was apparently alarmed at the sight of the man’s openly-carried pistol. On the Open Carry forum, the discussion has included talk of a formal complaint to the police department, a protest or a lawsuit. One thing is clear. Accounts of the confrontation, one by the armed citizen, who identifies himself as “JSanchez” on the forum, and the other by one of...
  • Green Lake open carry incident Sunday stirring debate(WA)

    08/23/2011 5:07:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 August, 2011 | Dave Workman
    A Sunday morning incident at Seattle’s Green Lake involving an open carry activist and Seattle police is now escalating on the Open Carry forum with suggestions to take legal action against an unidentified woman who made the initial 911 call to police. First, a reality check with the King County Prosecutor’s Office reveals that it is not against the law for a citizen to call 911 with what the citizen honestly believes to be an emergency, i.e. a man walking around with a gun on his hip. Despite the fact that this is legal in Washington State, it can alarm...
  • WA hunters have opportunity to speak, make it loud

    08/20/2011 8:01:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 August, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Evergreen State hunters frustrated with what they perceive as shrinking opportunities, cumbersome regulations and exhausting permit processes, and those who think the current management scheme is just swell have an opportunity to help shape the future by attending an “open house” meeting hosted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife in their region all next week. The meetings run on consecutive nights from Monday through Thursday, on this schedule: · Aug. 22 - Federal Way - Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St., Alder & Birch meeting rooms · Aug. 23 - Centralia - Edison Place Event Center, 201...
  • Bear attacks employee at Joint Base Lewis-McChord(WA)

    08/14/2011 7:50:28 PM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies ^ | 12 August, 2011 | NA
    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – A civilian employee was injured by a bear he encountered on the base Thursday afternoon. It happened around 12:45 p.m. as the man, in his 50s, was walking his dog in an area called the Engineer’s Bluff, which is southwest of the main base area. A JBLM spokesman describes it as a heavily forested area. The man was chased out by the bear, but he fell to the ground. The bear took a swipe at the man as it ran past. The employee was treated for cuts and scrapes to his arm and leg at...
  • Armed citizen intervention in Skyway shooting ignites CCW debate(WA)

    08/08/2011 5:29:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 August, 2011 | Dave Workman
    The successful intervention of an armed citizen in a Skyway shooting Saturday night is garnering considerable public reaction, with the majority opinion clearly supportive of the citizen who not only held the perpetrator at gunpoint, but also handcuffed him before King County Sheriff’s deputies arrived. The story is being reported by KOMO, the Seattle Times and on-line Seattle, with public comments here, here and here, respectively. The issue is also being discussed on the Northwest Firearms, Defensive Carry and Washington Open Carry forums. Significantly, one of the public comments on the Seattle site appears to be from the...
  • Citizen takes down gunman after shooting in Skyway(WA)

    08/07/2011 1:04:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 7 August, 2011 | Staff
    SKYWAY, Wash. -- Police say an armed citizen helped arrest a man who shot another man late Saturday in the Skyway neighborhood south of Seattle. King County sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart said the victim was shot just before 9 p.m. during an argument in the parking lot of the US Bank branch at 12610 76th Avenue South. A man not involved in the dispute who was using the ATM at the bank pulled out his own gun and pointed it at the shooter, Urquhart said. Urquhart said the man is licensed to carry the weapon and also had handcuffs with...
  • New CPL record: Number of armed WA citizens continues to climb

    08/06/2011 7:07:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 August, 2011 | Dave Workman
    The number of active Washington concealed pistol licenses (CPLs) reached a new high Friday with more than 341,000 citizens legally able to carry a defensive sidearm concealed in this state, a figure that is almost 4,000 higher than the number reported by this column back on May 31. The data comes from the Department of Licensing in Olympia. This morning, the actual figure of active CPLs was 341,446, and there is no indication that is going to subside anytime soon. A check with Sgt. John Urquhart at the King County Sheriff’s office revealed that volume for applications and renewals is...
  • Question to CeaseFire president: Who is the real extremist?

    08/05/2011 4:55:24 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 August, 2011 | Dave Workman
    In a letter to the Seattle Times on Wednesday, Washington CeaseFire President Ralph Fascitelli pushed the gun prohibition agenda as a response to two recent shooting incidents in south King County, while taking the time to call the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation an “extremist group” and imply that it is a lobbying organization. He is wrong. Fascitelli wants to close the mythical “gun show loophole” and he dislikes open carry “without a permit,” particularly in government offices. That much was evident back in early 2010 when Fascitelli was shocked that Washington State Troopers on duty in Olympia refused to disarm...
  • Inside the 'kill box'(CA)

    08/03/2011 6:14:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 50 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 2 August, 2011 | David Codrea
    "The five deputies made a kill box around the car and emerged with assault weapons. We were ordered out of the car at gun point. [More]" I had Timothy Veldman on my show today--he's the guy who, along with his friends, was accosted by police for...going shooting. On private land. With permission. And they were driving back home at the time. I think this story needs to go viral, because this kind of crap could happen to any of us. Here are some Americans enjoying their day and their freedom--safely and responsibly--and the ones who introduce jackbooted arrogance under threat...
  • Detroit Free Press CCW series should raise cheers in NW

    08/02/2011 4:42:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 August, 2011 | Dave Workman
    A two-part series on the ten-year history of reformed concealed carry in Michigan contains some blistering information about the gun prohibition lobby that ought to raise cheers among anyone who has had to explain what’s wrong with the folks at Washington CeaseFire. The reports appeared this weekend in the Detroit Free Press, a newspaper not known for being particularly friendly toward the Second Amendment, not unlike the Seattle Times or Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Those newspapers were split on Initiative 676 in 1997 (the P-I surprisingly opposed, the Times supported) the roundly-rejected, gun control measure that was pretty much the Titanic maiden...
  • WA animal control looking for coyote stuck in jar

    07/23/2011 10:48:40 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 12 replies ^ | 7/23/2011 | unknown
    A young coyote is eluding animal-control officers in Seattle even though its head is stuck in a jar. The Seattle Times reports that animal shelter officers tried to track down the 3- to 4-month old pup on Friday in the woods of the Rainier Beach neighborhood. But even without eating for a while, the pup had enough spunk to scurry away. Seattle Animal Shelter supervisor Ann Graves says officers are concerned for the pup because its head has been stuck in the jar for about a week now. Graves says shooting the coyote with a tranquilizer remains an option, but...
  • State of Washington paid $27K for a video poop

    07/20/2011 10:43:47 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 6 replies ^ | 7/20/11 | Ken Schram
    It's said that music hath charms to soothe a savage beast. Okay, but what exactly does that mean to the owner of the beast who is supposed to pick up the poop? With that question on the table, I'd like to ask Ted Sturdevant - Director of the State Department of Ecology - to quit trying to snap his fingers inside a plastic bag, and come on down. Tidy Ted's agency put up $27,000 of taxpayer money to pay for a music video that reminds people that scooping dog poop is a way to improve the water quality of streams...
  • RNC head-Washington (the State) will be a battleground state in '12

    07/20/2011 9:25:37 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 16 replies ^ | 7/20/11 | Mike Baker
    The chairman of the Republican National Committee will travel to Washington state on Wednesday, declaring that he believes it will be a presidential battleground in 2012. Reince Priebus said in an interview Tuesday that the RNC will commit significant financial resources to Washington as the election gets closer. He said that President Barack Obama will not be able to repeat his performance of four years ago, when he easily carried Washington by 17 percentage points on his way to the White House. "Whether he won by 7, 17 or 27 (percentage points), I don't think he's going to win in...