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November 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

NRA intends to lobby against new background-check law

Washington state voters this month approved — by a wide margin — the expansion of gun-purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Now that Initiative 594 has passed, gun-rights supporters are shifting gears from working to defeat a proposal to opposing a new law. Opponents have claimed the law will criminalize law-abiding gun owners for handing each…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, State Legislature | Topics: i-594, Moms Demand Action, national rifle association

October 17, 2014 at 4:55 PM

NRA not making its fundraising disclosures on time in I-594 campaign

This spring, the National Rifle Association (NRA) set up an independent spending committee here in Washington to persuade voters to reject Initiative 594, which would expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers. Gun rights advocates, including the NRA, have argued that if the proposal became law it could criminalize ordinary gun owners. But in its quest, the…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: i-594, national rifle association, Public Disclosure Commission

October 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM

More money rolls in for gun background-check initiative

The piggy banks of political committees promoting Initiative 594, which would expand gun purchase background checks to private sales and transfers, continue to grow. Steve and Connie Ballmer have contributed another $250,000 between them to Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, a group backing I-594, which is on November’s ballot. The contributions are dated Oct. 2, according to public campaign…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Everytown for gun safety, i-594

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…


Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative, Local government | Topics: dan satterberg, i-591, i-594

September 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM

NRA sends more money to fight I-594

As we’ve tallied the dollars flowing toward the pro-background check independent-expenditure campaign known as Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, we’ve been wondering where the National Rifle Association (NRA) is. The NRA started its own spending committee in June to oppose I-594, a measure on the November ballot that would expand background checks on gun purchases to online sales, gun…


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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…


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

August 13, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Ballmers add $250,000 to campaign for gun background checks

The WA Alliance for Gun Responsibility continues to pad its war chest. The independent spending group is leading the push to get voters to approve in November I-594, a measure that would require background checks for gun sales. Ex-Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer (and new LA Clippers owner) and his wife Connie were already big donors to the group, but they kicked in an…


Comments | More in Gun initiative, Politics Northwest | Topics: i-594, national rifle association, steve ballmer

September 27, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Washington state candidates lead country in NRA contributions

A new report by the National Institute on Money in State Politics found that Washington state candidates led the country in National Rifle Association contributions in the 2012 election cycle. The NRA contributed $68,300 to Washington state candidates during the election, according to the Helena, Mont.-based non-profit. Another anti-gun-control group, the Gun Owners Action…


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