In November 2014, Washington State voters approved Initiative 594 with nearly 60% of the vote, making Washington the first state to close the background check loophole by a popular vote. Washington’s choice to require background checks on all gun sales closed a gap that legally allowed criminals and other dangerous people to go to “private sellers” at gun shows, on the internet, and elsewhere.
Cheryl Stumbo, citizen sponsor of the initiative and a survivor of the 2006 Jewish Federation shooting in Seattle, said the I-594 campaign “has shown Americans that a citizen movement can act to reduce gun violence if our elected leaders won’t.”
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You can read the full text of the Initiative here.