Opposing Gun Measures Could Make History In WA If Both Passed - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Opposing Gun Measures Could Make History In WA If Both Passed

Posted: Updated:
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. 
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Regional NewsMore>>

  • Review panel clears Yakima police officer for kicking teen

    Review panel clears Yakima police officer for kicking teen

    Thursday, November 8 2018 12:47 AM EST2018-11-08 05:47:57 GMT

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Yakima police officer who pepper-sprayed and kicked a teenager while breaking up a fight has returned to regular patrol duties. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports officer Ian Cole will not face administrative action after a use of force review board concluded his actions were reasonable.  

    More >>

    YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The Yakima police officer who pepper-sprayed and kicked a teenager while breaking up a fight has returned to regular patrol duties. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports officer Ian Cole will not face administrative action after a use of force review board concluded his actions were reasonable.  

    More >>
  • University of Montana seeks to reduce budget by $5M

    University of Montana seeks to reduce budget by $5M

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 11:35 PM EST2018-11-08 04:35:36 GMT
    University of MontanaUniversity of Montana

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The University of Montana is planning to reduce its faculty by 58 members and cut its budget by $5 million by 2021. The Missoulian reports provost Jon Harbor says the university expects to drop 12 percent of its faculty, but it aims to keep tenured members and those on track for tenure.    

    More >>

    MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The University of Montana is planning to reduce its faculty by 58 members and cut its budget by $5 million by 2021. The Missoulian reports provost Jon Harbor says the university expects to drop 12 percent of its faculty, but it aims to keep tenured members and those on track for tenure.    

    More >>
  • Group calls for moratorium on boat tours of endangered orcas

    Group calls for moratorium on boat tours of endangered orcas

    Wednesday, November 7 2018 7:29 PM EST2018-11-08 00:29:43 GMT
    Ken Balcomb - Center for Whale ResearchKen Balcomb - Center for Whale Research

    SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas wants to temporarily suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on those whales. The group advising the governor voted Tuesday to recommend a three- to five-year moratorium on viewing southern resident killer whales by all boats in Puget Sound. 

    More >>

    SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington state task force on critically endangered Northwest orcas wants to temporarily suspend whale-watching boat tours focused on those whales. The group advising the governor voted Tuesday to recommend a three- to five-year moratorium on viewing southern resident killer whales by all boats in Puget Sound. 

    More >>