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Thursday, November 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Initiative 594

Current law requires background checks before a person may purchase a gun from a licensed dealer. This measure would extend this requirement to all gun purchases and transfers in Washington with specific exceptions, e.g., transfers within families, temporary transfers for self-defense and hunting, and antiques. Licensed firearms dealers would conduct the background checks and could charge a fee. It would allow additional background-check time for pistol purchases. Violation of these requirements would be a crime.

Election results

Option Votes Pct
Yes 1,238,970 59.27%
No 851,298 40.73%