Election officials in Washington will soon start certifying signatures from supporters and opponents of tougher gun laws in the state.
NBCRightNow.com - Election officials in Washington will soon start certifying signatures from supporters and opponents of tougher gun laws in the state.
So far, I-594--which would require background checks for all gun sales-- has received about 345,000 signatures. At the same time, supporters of I-591--which would limit background checks on gun buyers, unless a national standard is put into place, and ban the government from confiscating firearms without due process--have submitted more than 340,000 signatures.
Backers of both Initiatives 594 and 591 have until Friday, January 3rd to submit signatures in support of the two opposing gun laws.
According to Washington state law, an initiative needs just 246,372valid signatures to qualify for November's ballot--both initiatives are expected to meet that requirement as more signatures are expected by the end of the day.
Once the signatures are approved by election officials, both proposals will then go to the state legislature, who are back in session starting January 13th. If lawmakers don't approve either plan, voters will then have the chance to vote on the measures in the 2014 General Election.