Initiatives for and against additional gun restrictions have officially been certified, setting up a near-certain November showdown. Secretary of State Kim Wyman announced Friday that Initiative 591 had officially qualified as an initiative to the Legislature, joining Initiative 594, which got the formal OK last week. Initiative 591 would prohibit any confiscation of guns without due process…More
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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…More
Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will testify in Olympia Tuesday afternoon in favor of an initiative to expand background checks for gun buyers. Giffords, a Democrat, survived being shot in the head at a public appearance in Tucson in January 2011. Six other people were killed and a dozen injured in the shooting rampage by…More
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…More
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…More
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…More