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In support of Initiative 594, Washington state’s ballot measure that would reduce gun violence and save lives by requiring all Washingtonians to undergo the same background check when buying a gun, Everytown for Gun Safety Ballot Committee for Initiative 594 filed with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission. Everytown for Gun Safety, whose 45,000 Washington state grassroots supporters and 27 Washington mayor members have already been advocating for common sense gun measures in the state for years, created the ballot committee and completed the legal filing in compliance with Washington state election law.
“We are a movement of moms, mayors and 45,000 Washingtonians from across the state who are working to pass Initiative 594 because we know that closing the background check loophole will help make our communities safer,” said Linda Parrish, a member of the Washington state chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. “We stand with the 72 percent of Washington voters who support background checks to help keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, domestic abusers and other dangerous people.”
“Our coalition of mayors from across the state has been advocating for sensible gun laws in
Washington for several years, and passing Initiative 594 fits within that mission,” said Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma. “As mayor of Tacoma, Initiative 594 makes sense because it will help keep guns out of dangerous hands while respecting our Second Amendment rights.”
72 percent of Washington voters support Initiative 594.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs