GUNS WILL TAKE CENTER STAGE ON WASHIGTON'S NOVEMBER
WITH TWO INITIATIVES.
AND IT HAS A LOT OF YOU TALKING...
KXLY4'S JOHN HENDRICKS WORKING FOR YOU TONIGHT.
AND JOHN WHAT WILL I-594 DO IF IT PASSES...?
THE INITIATIVE WOULD REQUIRE GUN OWNERS TO WORK THROUGH
A LICENSED DEALER IF THEY WANT TO SELL OR TRANSFER
OWNERSHIP OF A GUN.
THOSE FOR IT SAY IT CLOSES A LOOP HOLE.
WHILE THOSE AGAINST IT SAY YOU NEED TO READ BETWEEN
A LOT OF MONEY ALREADY POURING INTO CAMPAIGNS.
FOR AN INITIATIVE 594.
IF PASSED IT WOULD WIDEN THE SCOPE OF BACKGROUND CHECKS.
TO BUY, SELL OR TRANSFER OWNERSHIP OF A GUN OR FIREARM.
YOU WOULD BE REQUIRED TO WORK THROUGH A LICENSED DEALER.
PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SO A BACKGROUND CHECK CAN BE DONE.
Statistics show that firearm deaths on our armed officers
in states that have passed closing this loophole have
actually gone down.
SPOKANE CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT BEN STUCKART SUPPORTS
THE INITIATIVE BECAUSE HE SAYS IT WILL CLOSE A LOOPHOLE
AND KEEP GUNS OUT THE HANDS OF THOSE HE SAYS DON'T
I don't support the felons, and the mentally ill,
and other child abusers and domestic abusers having
guns in our community.
It's just a small loop hole we need to close.
BUT THOSE AGAINST IT SAY IT WILL DO MORE.
594 is titled universal background checks but the
text of it is universal gun registration.
ROBIN BALL, THE OWNER OF SHARP SHOOING INDOOR RANGE
AND GUN SHOP IN SPOKANE.
SAYS THE INITIATIVE IS POORLY WRITTEN.
The way the law is written, it changes the waiting
period for purchasers and it changes the waiting period
if you want to borrow your brothers gun to go hunting.
SHE ADDS IT WILL ADD MORE PAPER WORK AND A GREATER
EXPENSE TO YOU IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE A BACKGROUND CHECK
It's going to put more burden on law enforcement in
running serial numbers and checking with the firearm
and more burden on the dealer and holding them and
way more paperwork.
this isn't the ultimate solution to gun violence,
it's just a piece of the puzzle, but I think everything
we can do you know, like closing a background check
loophole is something moving forward.
WITH 4 MONTHS TILL ELECTION DAY.
BOTH CAMPAIGNS SAY THEY'LL BE OUT TRYING TO EDUCATE
YOU AND WIN OVER YOUR VOTE.
THERE IS A SECOND INITIATIVE ON THE BALLOT DEALING
IF PASSED WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
TO TAKE A FIREARM WITHOUT DUE PROCESS.
JOHN A LOT OF MONEY IS BEING POURED INTO THESE CAMPAIGNS.
SINCE THE PROCESS BEGAN MORE THAN A YEAR AGO.
2-POINT-6 MILLION DOLLARS HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTED.
THAT IS BOTH FOR AND AGAINST.
WE'RE STILL 4 MONTHS OUT.
SO THAT NUMBER HAS THE POTENTIAL TO RISE EVEN HIGHER.