I-594 | 10-28-2014 | Chronline.com
Recently, I received an email from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray inviting me to join him in supporting I-594. I don’t personally know Mayor Murray and am not sure why he thinks I would support I-594. I assume Murray is a very nice man even though I don’t care much for his political views especially concerning gun control. To be perfectly clear, I am not supporting I-594. As a matter of fact, I have not yet talked to one sheriff that is supporting this initiative. As your sheriff, I can assure you my position in the past and today remains firm in the” law of the land” and support of our constitution. The “law of the land” in regards to our second amendment is clear and has been reinforced by the most recent Supreme Court decisions. “The right to bear arms stands.”
I-594 | 10-22-2014 | Seattlepi.com
“This initiative is a violation of the Second Amendment. I come from a gun-owning family and it would be a crime every time someone wanted to use my trap gun at a trap shoot,” said Ben Keller, sheriff of Garfield County.
I-594 | 10-14-2014 | SeattlePI.com
Support has dipped but Initiative 594, which would close the “gun show loophole,” is holding onto a 60 percent support and a two-to-one lead among Washington voters, according to a new statewide Elway Poll.
Support for a rival measure backed by the gun lobby, I-591, has plummeted in the poll and now stands at only 39 percent. Forty-four percent of those surveyed said they oppose the measure.
I-594 | 10-13-2014 | I-594 UNENFORCEABLE by Sgt. Scott Brennan
Sgt Scott Brennan is a 26 year veteran of law enforcement and opponent of Initiative 594. Read his letter to the editor to learn the facts about this initiative.
I-594 | 10-08-2014 | Bellingham Herald
Voters will have to decide between two clashing gun initiatives on the November ballot. Initiative 594 would add another hurdle to buying guns in this state, while initiative 591 would limit government interference in these same gun sales.
We are all for reducing gun violence, but there is no guarantee that’s what will be accomplished if I-594 is approved.
I-594 | 10-01-2014 | KUOW.org
The National Rifle Association says it’s “very committed” to defeating a background check measure on Washington’s November ballot.
But the gun rights group says it has no plans to compete financially with the campaign in favor of Initiative 594.
I-594 | 09-11-2014 | Breitbart.com
Initiative-594, the universal background check initiative being bankrolled by millionaires and billionaires in Washington state, will lead to "universal handgun registration" if passed.
I-594 | 09-11-2014 | Breitbart.com
A gun control ballot measure expected in the upcoming elections in Washington State could turn law-abiding citizens into criminals by the thousands at places like gun shows and gun ranges.
According to the National Rifle Association (NRA), Ballot Initiative 594 could make the act of simply lending one’s gun to another person without a background check by a licensed dealer, at a firing range, for example, illegal.
I-594 | 09-05-2014 | SeattlePi.com
A campaign that supports "universal" background checks for gun sales will start running TV ads this week, a spokesman said Wednesday. Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility spokesman Geoff Potter told The Associated Press that that the 30-second ad in support of Initiative 594 would run on Seattle broadcast channels starting Thursday.
I-594 | 08-26-2014 | NY Daily News
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, have donated $1 million to a Washington state campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales, bringing the total amount the campaign has brought in up to nearly $6 million.
I-594 | 08-19-2014 | KOMO
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has donated $500,000 to a campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales in Washington state.
His Aug. 11 donation to Initiative 594 was made public when it posted on the state's Public Disclosure Commission website Monday afternoon. Campaign manager Zach Silk told The Associated Press that the campaign was grateful for Allen's support.
I-594 | 08-12-2014 | Seattle Times
With Washington voters set to decide on competing gun initiatives this fall, a tax-exempt nonprofit group is launching a major TV ad campaign promoting universal background checks for all gun sales.
The Center for Gun Responsibility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, announced the TV ad campaign Friday. Molly Boyajian, a spokeswoman for the group, said its $1 million campaign will include two weeks worth of broadcast TV ads in the Seattle market, as well as 950 cable TV spots and additional Internet advertising.
I-594 | 08-12-2014 | Examiner.com
Another big bucks infusion from billionaire Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie to the Initiative 594 campaign, reported yesterday by the Seattle P-I.com, shows what Washington state grassroots gun rights activists are up against in their battle to prevent government gun confiscation without due process, while also resisting what they consider an extremist gun control measure that even the state’s rank-and-file police and sheriff’s deputies oppose.
I-594 | 08-06-2014 | The Reflector
Initiative 594 is a perfect example of “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” It is a lie that is being sold to people in the hopes that they will unwittingly vote Initiative 594 into law. Don’t be fooled by those willing to promote the lie to justify the ends.
I-594 | 08-04-2014 | Washington Post
SEATTLE — Even for the end of term, the campus was exceptionally empty. The occasional student drifted past Otto Miller Hall, peering into the boxy gray science-and-engineering building, but there was no going inside. Not with the yellow police tape blocking the doors.
I-594 | 06-27-2014 | Seattle Times
Confused about the two state initiatives coming in the Nov. 4 election about gun control and gun rights? Check out our editorial board interviews with supporters and opponents of Initiative 591 and Initiative 594. TVW produced video of the interviews.
I-594 | 06-17-2014 | The Columbian
Karen Kasmer Hsue and her friend were about to head to the theater to see the 1986 movie "Pretty in Pink" when her girlfriend playfully pulled a shotgun off the wall, pointed it at her and pulled the trigger.
I-594 | 06-10-2014 | Seattle PI
The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility began the week by reporting $500,000 in new contributions to the state Public Disclosure Commission, with likely an equal or greater amount where that came from.
I-594 | 06-02-2014 | Seattlepi.com
The National Rifle Association spent millions of dollars with no comeback when it last took aim at a Washington ballot initiative, but this year its the gun safety campaign that’s armed with campaign cash.
I-594 | 06-02-2014 | Examiner
Monday’s noon campaign kickoff for Initiative 594 came on the heels of yesterday’s Seattle Times report on “skyrocketing” concealed pistol licenses (CPL) in Washington, and ten days after the Isla Vista attack demonstrated that the so-called “universal background check” (UBC) scheme at the core of the well-financed gun control measure does not prevent the kind of crime its backers use as an example for why voters should pass it,gun rights advocates say.
I-594 | 06-01-2014 | Examiner
Evergreen state gun prohibitionists — especially those pushing Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure — may be having their Sunday ruined by a headline story in the Seattle Times that concealed pistol licenses are surging, “especially for women.”
I-594 | 05-31-2014 | The Seattle Times
The number of Washington state residents receiving a concealed-carry permit tripled between 2005 and 2012. The surge has been especially large among women, whose ranks have swelled twice as fast as men since 2011. Overall, more than 451,000 residents now have a permit.
I-594 | 05-29-2014 | Examiner
In a stunning acknowledgement Thursday morning during the last half-hour of KVI’s John Carlson show, the head ofWashington CeaseFire said that there probably is no law that could have prevented the Santa Barbara spree killing.
I-594 | 05-15-2014 | Examiner
The Seattle-based Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR) – the well-financed gun controlgroup pushing Initiative 594 – has announced its noon campaign kick-off on June 2 at Seattle’s Westin Hotel, but this is not the first such event the organization has had since launching the effort more than a year ago.
I-594 | 04-28-2014 | The Columbian
When there is talk of tightening gun laws, people often flock to Nick Pratka's firearms store in Vancouver; they stock up on ammunition and know exactly how they would cast their vote.
I-594 | 04-16-2014 | Reuters
Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular.
I-594 | 04-06-2014 | Examiner
In the gun rights community, it’s called “dancing in blood,” and yesterday the Initiative 594 campaign donned its ballet slippers, using the tragedy at Fort Hood that Fox News earlier today reported at “sparked a new debate about gun control and the defense budget.”
I-594 | 03-26-2014 | The Olympian
If you haven’t been paying attention to what’s happening in Connecticut, you probably should. Last year, Connecticut passed a law requiring that certain rifles be registered by the end of the year — 50,000 registrations were received, about 4 percent compliance. Estimates are that 100,000+ people in Connecticut went to bed on Dec. 31st as law-abiding citizens and woke up the next day as felons.
I-594 | 01-12-2014 | USA Today
As gun rights and anti-gun campaigns continue to clash, 2014 is shaping up to be a critical year for gun legislation.
I-594 | 06-12-2013 | The Associated Press
Advocates seeking to expand the use of background checks on gun sales submitted a Washington state ballot initiative Tuesday, taking a new approach after both federal and state lawmakers passed on similar proposals.
I-594 is a “simple measure to ensure that a background check is conducted for every gun purchase.”
No 18-page law is simple! Further, 594 is classic bait and switch…supporters constantly and dishonestly refer to “sales” when the language of the proposal regulates “transfers”, very broadly defined! Virtually every time a firearm changes hands, the transfer would be required to be processed through a licensed dealer. Worst of all, I-594 is being disguised as a simple background check measure, when in fact it would result in handgun registration!
I-594 proponents specifically claim that the initiative “does not create a registry.”
Virtually every temporary transfer of a handgun under the provisions of I-594 is subject to dealer regulation and completion of the Pistol Transfer Application, a copy of which RCW 9.41.110(9) requires be sent to the Department of Licensing for inclusion in the state database of law-abiding handgun owners.
I-594 includes “reasonable exceptions.”
The exceptions included in I-594 are drafted so narrowly that they are essentially meaningless. Examples:
Concealed Pistol License holders, who are subjected to fingerprint-based checks, are not exempt!
“Criminals go to gun shows to buy guns with no background check.”
In each of several studies by the U.S. Department of Justice over the last 23 years, between 0.6 and 0.8 percent of state prison inmates incarcerated for gun crimes obtained guns at gun shows. (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Guns Used in Crime, July 1995; Firearms Use by Offenders, November 2001; and Firearm Violence, 1993-2011, May 2013.)
I-594 proponents cite a Justice Department study claiming that 80% of prison inmates obtained guns through private transfers.
The Justice Department study in question found that 77 percent of state prison inmates incarcerated for gun crimes had acquired their guns through “street/illegal sources,” including “theft or burglary,” “drug dealer/off street,” and “fence/black market,” or from “friends or family.” (Bureau of Justice Statistics, Firearm Violence, 1993-2011, May 2013.)
Criminals will ignore I-594 and continue to use these illegal sources.
“Private parties complying with the background check requirement are exempt from sales tax.”
Current law already exempts “casual and isolated sales of property” (such as private firearm sales) from sales tax…but subjects them to use tax. The sales tax exemption in I-594 is a disingenuous attempt to hide the facts that private transfers will be subject to use tax and that the records created by these dealer transfers will give the government the necessary tool to single out and collect more tax from law-abiding firearm owners.
“Law enforcement agencies and public safety officials agree that this (private firearm sale) loophole promotes illegal gun trafficking and enables individuals with criminal intent to purchase firearms.”
Numerous law enforcement officials, including the Washington Council of Police and Sheriffs (WACOPS), have come out publicly opposed to I-594 and more are lending their voices every week. They understand that I-594 will divert their attention and resources away from keeping violent criminals off our streets and shift them to doing checks on law-abiding citizens, keeping us all less safe. Further, a police officer who loans a personal firearm to a fellow officer would face criminal prosecution under the provisions of I-594!
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