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Initiative Qualifies to Keep Washington Gun Sales Less Strict

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SEATTLE, WA - People against adopting universal background checks for gun sales have enough signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot. 

Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb says the group plans to submit its 340,000 signatures in Olympia on Thursday, but will continue collecting signatures until early January to demonstrate support.

Initiative 591 would prevent Washington state from adopting background-check laws stricter than the national standard, which requires the checks for sales by licensed dealers but not for purchases from private sellers.

The proposal was crafted in response to Initiative 594, also aimed at the 2014 ballot, which will seek to require background checks for all sales.

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