Initiative 594 heats up gun debate in Washington

Initiative 594 heats up gun debate in Washington

SPOKANE, Wash. - In November, voters in Washington state will decide on a measure aimed at guns and firearms.

Initiative 594, if passes would require any transfer or sale, private or public to be done through a licensed dealer. Right now, it's required to have a background check through dealers, but not through private sales.

Proponents, like Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart want to close a loop hole in the law. and require every sale or transfer of a firearm go through a licensed dealer for a background check.

"Statistics show that firearm deaths on our armed officers in states that have passed closing this loophole have actually gone down," Stuckart said.

He adds something needs to be done keep guns out of the hands of certain people.

"I don't support the felons, and the mentally ill, and other child abusers and domestic abusers having guns in our community," Stuckart said. "It's just a small loop hole we need to close."

Those against the initiative like Robin Ball, the owner of Sharp Shooting Indoor Range and Gun Shop in Spokane, says it's poorly written and the intent is to create a universal gun registration.

"The way the law is written, it changes the waiting period for purchasers and it changes the waiting period," Ball said.

She adds, it will add more paper work and a greater expense when you want to transfer a gun to another person.

"It's going to put more burden on law enforcement in running serial numbers," Ball said.

Campaigns for both initiatives have already begun, now they plan to educate voters in hopes of winning over their vote.