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December 21, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Background check blocks gun sale to wanted man

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — The organizer of a Spokane County gun show says Washington’s new law requiring expanded background checks for firearms transfers blocked the sale of a rifle to a wanted man.

The Northwest News Network reports that the man attempted to buy the weapon at the Lewis Clark Trader Gun Show at the Spokane County Fair and Expo on Dec. 6.

Gun show organizer Paul Snider said he recruited three federally licensed firearms dealers to conduct background checks, in compliance with newly passed Initiative 594. The law requires background checks on all sales and transfers, including private transactions and many loans and gifts. There are some exceptions, including transfers between family members.

Snider said the would-be buyer had a warrant out for his arrest.

Snider said he considers the law an unnecessary burden on responsible gun owners. But, he says, it “did work in this case.”

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