The Olympia City Council is expected to vote on a resolution to endorse Initiative 594, which would enhance criminal background checks for private gun sales.
The public is welcome to comment for or against the resolution during the council’s next meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at City Hall.
I-594 will go before all Washington state voters in the Nov. 4 general election. If approved, the initiative would require background checks for sales and transfers of firearms from unlicensed dealers, such as at gun shows or through online sales, for example.
According to the proposed resolution, “the Olympia City Council supports legislation that seeks to keep firearms out of the hands of those prohibited from owning or possessing firearms.”
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The city reports that I-594, if approved by voters, would require a small amount of extra staff work at an estimated cost of $1,700 to $3,400, according to a staff report.
Opponents of I-594 say the measure will create a database that could lead to unintended consequences for gun owners. Click here to learn more.