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October 13, 2014 at 10:54 AM

New poll: Support for gun initiatives slipping, but voters still prefer I-594

Updated at 12:05 p.m. For those who read the political tea leaves, the latest scraps of data give good news and bad news for supporters of expanding background checks for gun purchases. For the third poll in a row, a majority of voters are supporting Initiative 594, the measure on November’s ballot to expand background checks on private…

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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: background checks, i-591, i-594

August 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Bill and Melinda Gates give $1M in support of background checks on gun buyers

Each contribution reads like a Lotto payout: three contributions from mega-wealthy donors amounted to $2 million donated last week to support background checks on gun buyers. The money is flowing to WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which is advocating for I-594 in November’s general election vote, which would mandate background checks on gun purchases. Billionaire entrepreneur Nick…

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August 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Gun-control group launches TV ads promoting background checks

With Washington voters set to decide on competing gun initiatives this fall, a tax-exempt nonprofit group is launching a major TV ad campaign promoting universal background checks for all gun sales. The Center for Gun Responsibility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, announced the TV ad campaign Friday. Molly Boyajian, a spokeswoman for the group, said its $1…

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Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: background checks, Initiative 591, Initiatve 594

April 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM

New poll: Opposing gun measures both have majority support

Washington state voters support both expanding background checks for gun sales and restricting background checks for gun sales, according to an Elway Poll released Tuesday. The poll, the first public survey of voters to gauge support for the initiatives simultaneously, shows the pro-background check Initiative 594 is starting the campaign in better shape. But the anti-background check…

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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

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

September 7, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Gun initiative puts petitions in Seattle Times, Stranger

Supporters of an initiative to expand background checks for gun sales have come up with a new way to gather signatures: delegating the job to newspaper readers. The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility this week paid to put petitions in 130,000 copies of The Seattle Times and 50,000 copies of The Stranger, according to spokesman Christian…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: background checks, Christian Sinderman, Dave Ammons

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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June 11, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Push begins to get gun-sale background checks on the ballot

State faith leaders and gun violence victims on Tuesday filed an initiative proposal that would require background checks for almost all firearms sales and transfers, taking the first step in what is expected to be a hotly contested push for stronger gun laws. Supporters, who have already raised more than $1 million for their campaign,…

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May 7, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Auditor: State needs background checks that keep on checking

State Auditor Troy Kelley on Tuesday urged officials to adopt a background-check system for teachers, child care workers and nursing home aides that continues to monitor for criminal issues after the initial check. “Washington’s background check process is falling behind other states because it does not provide an automatic notification if a person commits a criminal offense after…

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