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November 5, 2014 at 6:00 PM

AP: Voters reject measure to ban state background checks

The Associated Press and The Seattle Times

OLYMPIA — A measure seeking to prevent Washington state from expanding gun-sale background checks beyond federal law has been rejected by voters.

Votes counted Wednesday for Initiative 591 increased the No campaign’s lead by about 18,000. For the Yes side to catch up, it would need about 56 percent of the 1 million estimated votes remaining.

On Tuesday, an initiative that creates a universal background-check requirement for most sales and transfers passed easily. Initiative 594 requires such checks on all sales and transfers, including private transactions and many loans and gifts. It had especially strong support in King County.

Votes counted Wednesday for I-594 increased the Yes campaign’s lead statewide by about 21,000.

Like federal law, Washington law currently requires checks for sales or transfers by licensed dealers but not for purchases from private sellers, such as those who sell at gun shows or to friends.

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