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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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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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October 9, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Gun background check supporters submit 250,000 signatures

Supporters of universal background checks for gun sales on Wednesday submitted most of the signatures they need to qualify for a 2014 statewide initiative. Jewish Federation shooting victim Cheryl Stumbo and other Initiative 594 backers showed up in Olympia with an estimated 250,401 signatures on more than 15,000 petitions, according to the Secretary of State’s…

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0 Comments | More in State government | Topics: Cheryl Stumbo, Christian Sinderman, gun control

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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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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