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Washington Gun Proposal May Go To Voters

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Voters in Washington may get the final say on whether the state expands background checks on gun sales.

Democratic Rep. Jamie Pederson said Tuesday he plans to add a referendum clause to his bill. He says it is necessary in order to secure enough votes to pass the measure out of his chamber.

Pedersen says he believes supporters of the bill will be able to defend it at the ballot box, even if the National Rifle Association tires to stop it.
The bill would require background checks to cover private gun transactions. Gun buyers must currently undergo background checks when purchasing weapons from a federally licensed firearms dealer.