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Opposing Gun Measures Could Make History In WA If Both Passed

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With two opposing gun initiatives on the November ballot in Washington there's room for new ground to be broken. What if both measures pass? With two opposing gun initiatives on the November ballot in Washington there's room for new ground to be broken. What if both measures pass?
NBCRightNow.com - With two opposing gun initiatives on the November ballot in Washington there's room for new ground to be broken. What if both measures pass?

State officials tell NBC Right Now it would be the first time in the state's history something like this has happened. If both measures pass they'd be signed into law at the beginning of December but they'd essentially cancel each other out.

One measure would enact stricter gun control and the other would keep things about the same. We posed our question to the Washington Secretary of State's office. They explain the state supreme court would have to step in.

In previous cases in states like California the supreme court would pass the initiative that was most popular with voters. Where no precedent has been set here in Washington, legislators believe the outcome could be up in the air.

"It's a very politically charged issue for them. They could have acted on either one of these gun measures in the previous,” said David Ammons who works as a spokesperson for the Washington Secretary of State's office.

The decision making is left to the voters for now. State legislators can always overturn a voter approved measure within two years with a two-thirds vote but where gun control is such a hot button issue it would likely not get the necessary votes.

Currently Initiative 594 is polling higher in sample polls according to state officials. 
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