Congratulations to the Bellingham High School students who marched June 17 in support of their right to feel safe from gun violence in their school! This fall we will be asked to vote on two opposing ballot measures concerning guns. I-591 would prohibit Washington state from expanding criminal background checks on gun sales, and I-594 would expand criminal background checks to cover all firearm sales.
The League of Women Voters has endorsed I-594 because comprehensive criminal background checks work. Sixteen states already require background checks for private handgun sales (including sales at gun shows), and according to the FBI Uniform Crime Reports there are 17 percent fewer aggravated assaults from firearms in those states. Moreover, there are 49 percent fewer firearm suicides in states that have implemented criminal background checks for all firearm sales according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
You can cast your vote for gun safety this November by voting yes on I-594!
Jill Bernstein and Annette Holcomb