Opposing gun initiatives headed toward Nov. showdown

Posted on January 2, 2014 

As Friday's deadline for filing initiatives to the Legislature fast approaches, it appears all but certain that two related to gun ownership have enough signatures to appear before lawmakers this session.

Usually, initiatives to the Legislature get ignored and pass on to the November ballot.

Details are provided in the link above, which is to the Secretary of State's blog. But here's a brief rundown on Initiative 591 and Initiative 594:

I-591 is your pro-gun measure. It "would prohibit government agencies from confiscating guns or other firearms from citizens without due process, or from requiring background checks on firearm recipients unless a uniform national standard is required," the SOS blog states.

I-594 creates a gun-control law. It requires a background check, no matter where you purchase the gun.

I haven't looked into what would happen if these two contradictory laws both pass. Doesn't seem likely in any case.

We'll keep an eye on these two initiatives during the legislative session that starts on Jan. 13, but it's more likely to be decided by voters in November.



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