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Washington's background check law blocks 50 gun purchases

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Records from the FBI show that Washington's new background check law blocked 50 gun purchases by felons during its first 14 months in effect.
    
KING-TV reports nearly 4,000 felons were caught trying to buy a firearm in Washington state last year, including 50 private sales that are now regulated because of Initiative 594.
    
The law, which passed in November 2014, created universal background checks for all gun sales, including those between private citizens.
    
Supporters of the law say the 50 denials prove the law is working. Others say it's an inconvenience to gun owners and hasn't been effective in punishing felons who break the law.
    
State records show there haven't been any prosecutions related to I-594.
    

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