Some Washington lawmakers look to make changes to gun background checks

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers are considering changes to the new law that requires background checks on gun transfers.

The state Senate Law and Justice Committee is holding a hearing Monday afternoon on several bills, including exemptions for police and military members.

Voters approved Initiative 594 last year to require background checks on all gun transfers, including purchases between private individuals and loans.

Opponents say the new law infringes on firearm rights guaranteed in the state and federal constitutions.

When protesters carried guns into the Legislature’s visitors’ gallery in January, lawmakers quickly changed the rules and banned the open carrying of firearms at the Capitol.

A group of about 50 people protested that rule on Saturday in Olympia by carrying weapons. But they were locked out of the Capitol.

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  • greg

    good – the legislature ought to completely repeal 594 and censure any legislator that sponsored it. It was penned by people that either hate or are afraid of firearms and then deceptively sold to WA citizens in a blatant attempt to defraud them of their rights. 594 makes a mockery of the WA initiative process and is a case study in abusing the system. It should lead to some new laws forbidding misrepresentation in initiatives. There is something fundamentally wrong in allowing people to lie while trying to modify your rights.

  • Frank

    594 is a laugh…It won’t stop a bit of gun crime. i don’t own fire arms anymore, I quit hunting years ago. But Bloomberg and his gang think these laws will stop gun violence…….it will not. The nature of man is violent gun or no gun.

  • WA Eagle

    How many shootings have happened in the last three months that weren’t stopped by 594? How about domestic violence victims that could have been loaned a firearm from a relative or friend to prevent their victimization? You can find out by looking at previous articles on this very website.