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October 7, 2014 at 7:09 AM

Gun control: I-594 is too far-reaching

Initiative 594 is being touted as a simple background check for gun purchases [“I-594 is the right tool to keep guns out of the wrong hands,” Opinion, Oct. 3]. Don’t be fooled. True, it does require background checks. But it requires more than that — much more. It is 18 pages of regulations that apply not only to gun purchases, but to any kind of transfer.

Not only is this law way more far-reaching than simple background checks — which, by the way, are already performed at the state’s largest gun shows in Monroe and Puyallup — it is opposed by rank-and-file law-enforcement officers and law-enforcement support groups across our state. The members of the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs, the state’s oldest and largest law-enforcement organization, and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association are against I-594.

They know that this initiative would not prevent violent crime, nor would it keep guns out of the hands of criminals — criminals don’t care about background checks and gun registration. This law would not curb gun violence and would be impossible to enforce. Vote no on I-594.

Brian Mills, Snohomish

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