OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Advocates seeking to expand the use of background checks on gun sales have filed a ballot initiative.
The plan submitted Tuesday would require background checks for online sales and private transactions, such as those that occur at gun shows. The background checks would be conducted at federally licensed firearm dealers, where people must already undergo checks before purchasing a new weapon.
State lawmakers had considered a similar measure earlier this year, but it didn't pass either the House or the Senate. The initiative does not include some of the exemptions that lawmakers had been considering. Law enforcement officers or people who have concealed pistol licenses would still have to go through background checks on private transactions.
Initiative proponents need to collect about 246,000 valid signatures before January 3 in order to qualify.
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