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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 5, 2014 at 3:07 PM

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

Sandy Brown, President of the Center for Gun Responsibility, speaks Wednesday morning after their victory for initiative 594. At left are other supporters. (Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times) 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…

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November 4, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Tougher gun-purchase background checks win handily

Eileen Bennhoff, front, with Moms Demand Action, cheers what I-594 supporters believe is a statewide victory for gun background checks. (Photo by Alan Berner / The Seattle Times) Voters in Washington state are approving Initiative 594, which would create  one of the nation’s toughest background checks for gun purchases. In Tuesday’s returns, I-594 was being supported…

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November 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Poll: On election eve, I-594 to expand gun-purchase background checks still leads

A poll out today by Public Policy Polling has Initiative 594, the statewide measure to expand gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers, shows it getting about 60 percent support. Of those polled, 56 percent said they definitely supported I-594; another 3 percent said they probably would support it. That’s pretty much the same number an…

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October 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Gun rights equal to gay rights? “No on I-594” fliers try to appeal to Seattle voters

Opponents of Initiative 594, the measure on the November ballot to expand background checks to private sales and transfers, are getting novel in their attempt to appeal to Seattle voters. Flyers posted around the city, like the one above, essentially argue that being against guns is like being against people who are gay….

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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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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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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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September 23, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Nearly half a million dollars reported spent on new I-594 ads

No, the political ads won’t be going away anytime soon. In fact, get ready for more. The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility is spending another $465,800 on TV ads to support I-594, the initiative to expand gun purchase background checks to private sales. The news comes according to a document filed Monday with the state Public Disclosure Commission. The ad…

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