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Topic: Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

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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…

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

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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Comments | More in 2014 elections, Gun initiative | Topics: Alan Gottlieb, i-591, i-594

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…

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

December 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Gun-rights groups dominate in money to state’s politicians

Gun-rights groups have given more than 18 times as much money to Washington state politicians as gun-control groups over the past two dozen years, according to a new report. Groups including the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners Action League of Washington have given more than $1.35 million to Washington state and federal candidates since 1989,…

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Comments | More in State government | Topics: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, gun control, Gun Owners Action League of Washington

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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Comments | More in Politics Northwest | Topics: background checks, Christian Sinderman, gun control

April 29, 2013 at 9:09 AM

Gun-control advocates plan state initiative on background checks

Weeks after defeat in the state Legislature and U.S. Congress, local gun-control advocates announced Monday that they’re taking their case to the people. “We are here today to ask our elected officials why they have failed us,” said the Rev. Sandy Brown of Seattle’s First United Method Church, who was flanked by faith leaders, elected officials…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Newtown, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

April 17, 2013 at 6:48 PM

State House Democrats ‘seething with anger’ after Senate kills gun control bill

OLYMPIA — Democrats fumed Wednesday afternoon after the Republican-run state Senate declined to vote on a bipartisan gun-control bill before a key legislative deadline. State Rep. Roger Goodman, who sponsored the bill, said he and others were “seething with anger” after hearing the measure would not get a vote before the 5 p.m. cutoff, likely ending…

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Comments | More in Politics Northwest, State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Mike Hope, Mike Padden

March 13, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Cutoff passes without vote on universal background checks

OLYMPIA — A key deadline came and went here on Wednesday afternoon, taking with it an opportunity many saw as this session’s best chance for expanding background checks for gun sales. House Bill 1588, a much-discussed priority of gun-control advocates, did not come up for a vote in the state House before 5 p.m., the cutoff…

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Comments | More in State Legislature | Topics: gun control, Newtown, Nick Hanauer