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WA Lawmakers Pushing for Gun Sale Background Check Expansion

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OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Supporters of a bill to expand checks on gun sales are working to find enough votes to ensure its passage in the Washington state House.

Legislators may consider the bill Monday along with several other bills focused on public safety.

Gov. Jay Inslee has been making calls to encourage lawmakers to support the bill.

Gun buyers currently must undergo a background check if they purchase a weapon from a federally licensed firearms dealer, however, those checks are not required for private gun transactions. Supporters say the expansion is necessary to make it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to acquire guns.

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