They seem to be the weapon of choice in most mass shooting incidents, and in some states, they’re already banned.

In September, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that he’s seeking legislation that would make assault rifles illegal in our state. But will this legislation encroach on second amendment rights?

In this edition of Northwest Now, we take a closer look at this possible weapons ban, and we’ll hear from both sides of the argument, including the Brady Foundation, Cease Fire Washington, and the Washington Gun Collectors Association.

“We know that when there is a mass shooting ,when there is an assault weapon, the number of people injured increases by 155 percent,” Amanda Turner, President of the Seattle Chapter of the Brady Foundation told host Tom Layson. “And the number of people who die in that mass shooting goes up almost by 50 percent. And so we think that this is a clear case where we can save some lives.”

The Emmy and Telly Award-winning public affairs series Northwest Now airs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC Public Television, a service of Bates Technical College.

Use the list below to find us on TV. You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show on our website.


KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels, (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle)

KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels


Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3 Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28
Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worldview)


Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)

DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)