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Columbia Basin Badger Club Hosts Gun Initiatives Debate

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Representatives from Gun Initiatives 591 and 594 spoke about changes the initiatives could make to gun laws. Representatives from Gun Initiatives 591 and 594 spoke about changes the initiatives could make to gun laws.
RICHLAND, WA- The Columbia Basin Badger Club hosted a panel discussion Friday for Gun Initiatives 591 and 594. 

Both sides of the initiatives informed the public about the changes each initiative would make to the current gun laws Washington.

Initiative 591 would stop the government from confiscating guns or other firearms from citizens without a due process.  It would not require background checks unless there was a uniform national standard in place.

“These bills affect you whether you own a gun or not,” said Phil Watson, Initiative 591 representative.  “They affect your privacy, your right to self defense, and everything down to hunting.”

Initiative 594 would require background checks on all gun sales.

“If you're buying from a licensed dealer, these are the same background checks that someone goes through when they buy a firearm,” said Rory Graves, Initiative 594 representative.

Washington residents can vote on these changes on the November ballot. 
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