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Category: Gun initiative
December 13, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Gun-rights demonstrators bring signs, rifles to Olympia rally

Shouldering rifles and handmade signs decrying government overreach, hundreds of demonstrators gathered Saturday at the Capitol campus in Olympia to oppose Initiative 594. I-594, which voters approved in November  by a 19-point margin, expands gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers of firearms. “We stand here on this field to exercise our First Amendment right to exercise…

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December 12, 2014 at 3:22 PM

Cliven Bundy’s son to speak at Saturday’s gun-rights rally

One the speakers listed for Saturday’s demonstration in Olympia against the new law expanding gun-purchase background checks is the son of Cliven Bundy. Cliven, you might remember, is the Nevada rancher who pushed back against attempts by the government to take away his cattle and who later suggested black people might be better off as slaves picking cotton. Ammon Bundy is listed…

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November 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

NRA intends to lobby against new background-check law

Washington state voters this month approved — by a wide margin — the expansion of gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Now that Initiative 594 has passed, gun-rights supporters are shifting gears from working to defeat a proposal to opposing a new law. Opponents have claimed the law will criminalize law-abiding gun owners for handing each…

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November 15, 2014 at 2:49 PM

I-594 protesters, low turnout, and lots of birthday candles: your political week in review

Spice your weekend up with some of this: 1. Washington mid-term election turnout lowest since disco era. 2. Patty Murray readies for new role in Senate minority, has eye on tea party. 3. State Patrol won’t arrest anti-I-594 protesters for exchanging guns at rally. 4. One congested Seattle City Council race now includes …  a…

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November 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

State Patrol: We won’t arrest people at anti-I-594 rally for exchanging guns

We wrote Tuesday about a planned rally in Olympia to demonstrate against the freshly-passed Initiative 594, which will expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Demonstrators plan to bring their firearms to the state Capitol on Dec. 13 and exchange them in what they say will be a violation of I-594, which they…

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November 11, 2014 at 4:11 PM

I-594 opponents bringing their guns to Olympia rally next month

Opponents of Initiative 594, the measure to expand gun-purchase background checks that voters approved this election cycle, have insisted it is so strict it would criminalize law-abiding gun owners who hand each other firearms, like at a gun-safety course. Now, such opponents are going to test their understanding of the measure during a rally next month in Olympia, where…

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November 11, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Sending a message? Some Washington counties voted for both gun initiatives

UPDATE 3:38 p.m.:  In the original version of this post, we neglected Skagit County, which also voted yes on both measures. Sorry, Skagit. We’ve updated the numbers below to reflect its inclusion, too. In the months leading up to the November ballot, people wondered what would happen if both gun-related initatives on the ballot, I-591 and I-594,…

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November 8, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Elections, elections, elections: your political week in review

You’re going to get lonely without all those politicians keeping you company with their TV ads. So bookmark this page. Here’s what happened this past week: 1. Voters approve I-594, measure to expand checks for gun buyers, and defeat rival I-591. 2. Still a close race for I-1351 to decrease class sizes, though now it leads. 3….

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November 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

I-594 supporters to push for more gun laws in Olympia

The morning after voters approved Initiative 594, the proposal to expand gun-buyer background checks to private sales and transfers, the measure’s supporters declared they’d take their momentum to lawmakers in Olympia. “We are here this morning to announce that we are not packing up our tents, claiming victory and going home,” said Sandy Brown, president of…

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November 4, 2014 at 8:21 PM

Backers of dueling gun initiatives gather for election results in different fashion

Supporters of Washington’s dueling gun initiatives anxiously awaited election results late Tuesday in decidedly different fashion. Backers of Initiative 594, the measure seeking to expand background checks, gathered at The Edgewater on Seattle’s waterfront, with big name politicians and other prominent officials addressing a large crowd of more than 175 that filled its conference room…

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