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October 13, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Seattle City Council and former GOP governor endorse I-594

It’s been a busy Monday for Initiative 594, the measure on the November ballot to expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. In the morning we wrote about the new poll suggesting that support for I-594 is down from its summertime high, but still fairly strong. And in the afternoon, the I-594 campaign added more endorsements to its…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Seattle City Council | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, dan evans, i-591

October 9, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Bloomberg’s advocacy group pledges another $1 million to I-594

There seems to be no end in sight for the money train of donations fueling I-594, the proposal on November’s ballot to expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Just on Monday, we wrote about the latest donation of $250,000 by Steve and Connie Ballmer to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the independent spending group…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, i-591, i-594

January 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Giffords urges lawmakers to expand gun background checks

OLYMPIA — Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords testified before the Washington State House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday afternoon, symbolically casting her story of surviving a gunshot wound to the head as an argument for lawmakers to adopt expand background-check requirements to cover all gun sales. Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, testified in support of…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, Gabrielle Giffords, gun control

January 2, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Dueling gun initiatives submitting final signatures this week

After months of collection efforts, supporters and opponents of expanded background checks for gun sales appear to have come up with about the same number of signatures — and it’s more than enough to qualify both for the ballot. A spokesman for Initiative 594, which would require the checks for all sales, said supporters will submit…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, background checks, Christian Sinderman

November 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Opponents of gun background checks submit signatures for initiative

OLYMPIA — Second Amendment activists submitted an estimated 340,000 signatures Thursday, likely enough to qualify their initiative to prevent Washington state from adopting universal background checks for gun sales. The checks are currently required for sales by licensed dealers, but not for purchases from private sellers. “This is a monumental effort to protect our gun rights,” said Alan…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, Christian Sinderman, Initiative 591

November 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Gun-rights initiative has the signatures to qualify for ballot, supporters say

Supporters of an initiative to prevent Washington state from adopting universal background checks for gun sales have collected 340,000 signatures — more than enough to qualify for the ballot in 2014, sponsors say. Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Bellevue-based national Second Amendment Foundation, said supporters are planning to submit the signatures in Olympia on Thursday. They’ll…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, Initiative 591, Initiative 594

October 10, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Local Second Amendment group declares Sandy Hook anniversary as ‘Guns Save Lives Day’

A national Second Amendment group based in Bellevue has decided to sponsor “Guns Save Lives Day” on Dec. 14 — the anniversary of last year’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The 650,000-member Second Amendment Foundation, which announced the event Thursday with the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, background checks, Cheryl Stumbo

July 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Wording of gun-related ballot measure finalized after court fight

Washington state supporters of expanded background checks for gun sales state have won an early skirmish in a long battle with Second Amendment activists that’s expected to end with dueling initiatives on the November 2014 ballot. The background-check supporters beat back two court challengers to the wording of what will appear on the ballot with their…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, background checks, Christian Sinderman

January 22, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Gun-control advocates release poll showing support for new firearm restrictions

A local gun-control advocacy group on Tuesday released a poll indicating support for new firearms restrictions — findings that opponents quickly dismissed as “meaningless and worthless.” The poll of 600 state residents was conducted earlier this month by Alison Peters Consulting, which usually works with Democrats. It had a margin of error of plus or minus…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, gun control, Phil Watson