SPOKANE, Wash. - In November, voters in Washington state will decide the fate of two measures aimed at guns and firearms.
The first is initiative 591, If passes it would make it illegal for government agencies to confiscate guns or other firearms from citizens without due process. The initiative would also make it illegal for any government agency to require background checks on people buying a firearm unless there is a national standard.
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 want to close a loop hole in the law that would then require every sale or transfer of a firearm go through a background check.
Campaigns for both initiatives have already begun.