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Initiative 591

Filed just ahead of Initiatve 594, this measure is intended to block any expansion of pre-purchase background checks on firearms unless a national standard is developed and adopted. Currently in Washington state, those who purchase guns from licensed firearms dealers must pass a criminal background check but no such requirements exist for private sales such as at organized gun shows.
It would declare that it is unlawful for any government agency to confiscate guns or other firearms from citizens without due process, or to require background checks on the recipient of a firearm unless a uniform national standard is required.

Election results

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Option Votes Pct
No 1,144,566 55.30%
Yes 926,276 44.70%

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