The morning after voters approved Initiative 594, the proposal to expand gun-buyer background checks to private sales and transfers, the measure’s supporters declared they’d take their momentum to lawmakers in Olympia.
“We are here this morning to announce that we are not packing up our tents, claiming victory and going home,” said Sandy Brown, president of the board for the Center for Gun Responsibility, at a news conference Wednesday. “Yesterday’s victory is just the beginning,” he added.
An advisory council to groups supporting I-594 is crafting proposals that can be taken to lawmakers for next year’s session. Brown and others wouldn’t speak to what those proposals may include, but that they would release more information some time in December.
Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle, has said she will reintroduce a bill that would make it a crime for someone to leave or store a loaded gun where a child could get access. A similar bill sponsored by Kagi last year did not get out of the House Judiciary Committee.