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State certifies I-594's background checks for gun buyers; I-591 rights measure next

OlympianJanuary 22, 2014 

Initiative 594’s call for universal background checks on gun purchasers in Washington was certified Wednesday by Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Her elections staffers are now getting ready to do a similar sampling of petition signatures for I-591, the rival measure that would preclude stricter requirements than are required by federal standards.

Wyman’s staff posted details about the certification here

Under laws governing initiatives to the Legislature, lawmakers can either adopt a measure, let it go onto the ballot, or place a rival measure on the November ballot alongside the original initiative.

Both gun measures are widely expected to move to the November ballot and not be acted on by the 2014 Legislature. But as Wyman’s office reports, the Senate Law and Justice Committee does plan a hearing next week on both measures – at 1:30 p.m. in the Cherberg Building’s Hearing Room 1 on the state Capitol Campus in Olympia.

Backers of I-594 and backers of I-591 each turned in about 350,000 signatures in early January. We posted on I-594 here and on I-591 here.



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