Gun-Control Battle Swings to Washington State

by AShelby Jones | The Wall Street Journal  |  published on October 24, 2014

The center of the national debate over firearm background checks has, for the moment, moved to Washington state.

Next month, residents of Washington state will get to vote on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online.

Activists on both sides say the ramifications of the vote could extend far beyond the Pacific Northwest.

Last year, in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., six states tightened their rules on background checks. Congress, however, didn’t pass federal legislation to do the same. A vote to tighten background checks could rekindle momentum to similar efforts in other states. In Nevada, for instance, one group is already collecting signatures in hopes of getting a background-check measure on the 2016 ballot.

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