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Initiative 594 takes effect Dec. 4. Initiative 594 takes effect Dec. 4.
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

Law enforcement agencies, gun groups and others in Washington state are waiting to see exactly what impact that new, more expansive gun background checks will have.

    

Initiative 594 passed earlier this month with 59 percent of the vote. It requires background checks on all sales and transfers, including private transactions and many loans and gifts, with some exceptions.

    

When the new law takes effect Thursday, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Washington will join California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C., with similar measures.

    

Other states have varying laws on expansion beyond what federal law requires.


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