Washington gun initiatives square off

first_imgOLYMPIA — Whether you are for or against stricter background checks on gun sales, you’ll have a chance in the coming months to support your position by signing an initiative to next year’s Legislature.If both Initiative 591 and Initiative 594 get the required signatures, they’ll likely be on the 2014 ballot if the Legislature follows its recent pattern of punting such measures to the voters rather than adopting them.I-591, a one-page proposal that bans government confiscation of guns and any background check that isn’t part of a national system, started its signature-gathering campaign about two weeks ago at one of the state’s biggest gun shows, the Washington Arms Collectors’ Show in Puyallup.“We knew what the other side was going to do. We filed before they did,” said Alan Gottlieb, campaign manager for Protect Our Gun Rights.I-594, an 18-page proposal that lays out a process to apply the current federal system of background checks required by dealers to private sales in Washington — with some exceptions for family transfer and antique sales — got its final ballot language approved last week and will start circulating petitions this week.last_img

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