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Advocates for Expanding Background Checks File Initiative

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Advocates seeking to expand the use of background checks on gun sales in Washington state have filed a ballot initiative.

The plan would require background checks for online sales and private transactions, including transactions at gun shows.

The background checks would be conducted at federally licensed firearm dealers, where people must already undergo checks before purchasing a new weapon.

Law enforcement officers or people who have concealed pistol licenses would still have to go through background checks on private transactions.

Initiative proponents need to collect about 246,000 valid signatures before January 3rd in order to qualify.

State lawmakers had considered a similar measure to this one earlier in the year, but neither the House nor Senate passed it.