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Gun Rights Advocates Turn In Signatures

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Supporters of preventing Washington state from adopting universal background checks for gun sales say they've turned in 340,000 signatures in hopes of qualifying an initiative that would be on the 2014 ballot if not taken up by the Legislature first.
    
Supporters of Initiative 591 turned in 13 boxes of petitions with signatures Thursday to the secretary of state's office, about six weeks before the Jan. 3 deadline. They can continue to turn in signatures up until the deadline.
    
I-591 would prevent Washington state from adopting background-check laws stricter than the national standard, which requires the checks for sales by licensed dealers but not for purchases from private sellers. It would also prohibit confiscation of firearms without due process.
    
The proposal was crafted in response to Initiative 594, also aimed at the 2014 ballot, which seeks to require background checks for all sales.

Wash. court says gun limits OK before conviction

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington's high court is upholding a state law that prohibits some people from possessing a firearm before they have been found guilty of a crime.
    
The state Supreme Court said in a 5-4 ruling on Thursday that the law did not violate the Second Amendment rights of a man who was eventually convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm. Justices in the majority opinion wrote that the law is limited in both scope and duration.
    
The law prohibits people from having a firearm if they have been released on bond after a judge found probable cause to believe the person has committed a serious offense.
    
One of the dissenting opinions says the law impermissibly denied the man his fundamental right to bear arms without due process.

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