Wash. gun-rights initiative planned

Wash. gun-rights initiative planned

POMPANO BEACH, FL - APRIL 11: As the U.S. Senate takes up gun legislation in Washington, DC , a handgun is used on the indoor firing range at the National Armory gun store on April 11, 2013 in Pompano Beach, Florida. The Senate voted 68-31 to begin debate on a bill that would significantly expand background checks for gun sales. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 2:56 PM

SEATTLE (AP) -- Facing a multimillion-dollar initiative campaign to expand background checks for gun sales, local Second Amendment activists are responding with their own ballot measure.
 
A coalition of gun-rights groups on Wednesday unveiled Initiative 591, which would prevent Washington state from adopting background-check laws more restrictive than the federal standard.
 
The initiative would also prohibit any confiscation of firearms without due process.
 
If supporters get some 246,000 valid signatures, the proposal would become an initiative to the Legislature in 2014 and could end up on the November 2014 ballot -- just like a pro-background-check measure.

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