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Gun Law Gaps

Gun Law Gaps

A 2014 citizen's initiative in Washington state promised to close a gap in gun background check law: private sales. However, our reporting in collaboration with KING5 TV Seattle has revealed more troubling gaps: that existing laws are rarely enforced, and that survivors of domestic violence are not notified when their abusers try to buy guns. Legal reporting from Austin Jenkins and Chris Ingalls explains these gun law gaps and previews legal efforts to close them. Their work won the investigative category for small news outlets, audio, in the Society of Professional Journalists' Northwest Excellence in Journalism contest.