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. THE QUIN_.VALLEY(/ 4 LOCAL NEWS TSURS.Y, FEBRUARY 27, 20004 Post-Register Voters will see dueling gun initiatives on ballot BY C. LOPAZE WNPA Olympia News Bureau OLYMPIA--Campaigns for dueling gun initiatives on this year's ballot could bring national attention to Washing- ton, and contribute to an on- going debate about gun laws across the United States. Initiative 594 would en- act statewide criminal back- ground checks for all firearm transactions. That's in direct conflict with Initiative 591, which would prohibit pas- sage of any, law expanding background checks unless a national standard is created. 1-591 also prohibits confis- cations of guns without due process. Both measures were given a public hearing this session, but it's doubtful the Legisla- ture will take further action, said Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, head of the House committee that heird testimo- ny on the initiatives. "No, I don't think any- thing's going to happen, but you never know when things can change," she said. Lawmakers have the option of not taking action on initia- tives to the Legislature. Jink- ins said it doesn't make sense to waste time on a measure that doesn't have enough sup- port in the House to pass. Campaign Preparation The Citizens Committee to Protect the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a member of the pro-I-591 campaign. Dave Workman, communications director for the organization, said the state has some of the best firearm laws in the coun- try, not just because they are less restrictive, but because they have strongly written language to defend an indi- vidual's right to bear arms. "It's a matter of dealing with a constitutional affirmed and protected civil fight," Workman said. And he said the state constitution includes arguably stronger language regarding the right to bear arms than the Second Amend- ment. Christian Sinderman, spokesperson for the Wash- ington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, said his or- ganization is ready to run an aggressive campaign for 1-594. Sinderman said the stark contrast between the propos- als presents a clear choice for citizens. Because of the unique situation with dueling initiatives, he said, there's po- tential for the sides to receive significant out-of-state fund- ing. Lobbyists for the National Rifle Association have spoken against 1-594 during a public hearing this session. In a recent Gallup Poll re- leased last month, American's dissatisfaction with gun laws and the politics surround- ing them increased from 50 percent to 55 percent, while satisfaction decreased from 47 percent to 40 percent. Last year, only 5 percent of Americans favored less strict gun-control laws, but that sta- tistic has risen to 16 percent. In 2013, national efforts to mandate univeral background checks were unsuccessful, but Hot Dog Feed By Donation Quincy Community Center Friday Mar. 14, 2014 11-2pm New York, Connecticut, Del- aware and Coloado passed their own laws for background checks on all sales. This year, eight states are considering similar legislation. Campaign Contributions The campaigns promise to draw a lot of attention and money, with a combined to- tal of more than $2.2 million raised already. The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which backs 1-594, has raised about $1.5 million, more than twice the $717,000 raised by the Protect Our Gun Rights com- mittee in support ofI-591, ac- cording to the Public Disclo- sure Commission. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of mayors seeking to expand gun-con- trol laws based in New York, donated $30,000 to the Yes on 1-594, which has been the only significant out-of-state con- tribution. Nicolas Hanauer, a Seattle-based venture capi- YES, we do sizing & repair/ talist, contributed $265,000, making him the largest donor to the Yes on 1-594 campaign. Bill and Melinda Gates each added $25,000 in contribu- tions as individuals. Most of the funding for the Yes on 1-591 has come from in-state donors. The Gun Owners Action League, Washington Ann Collectors and Citizens Committee to Protect the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, pro-gun organi- zations based in the state, are the largest contributors to Yes on 1-591. Together, they have donated more than $600,000. What if they both pass? Washington would be in a novel position if both mea- sures pass. The state Constitu- tion does not outline a process to follow in that situation. Todd Donovan, a Western Washington University pro- fessor of political science who studies elections, said when rival initiatives are on the same ballot, voters are more HARRISON'S DIAMONDS & DESIGNS I I D St SE Quincy 4 Basin St NWEphrata 754-48171 Inside Tanes Salon I Visit us on [] >T i i] [.-9 Americans FF" IT have access R; [:TtbLllt food: " I::=]t'J ;/;11 or pound you Y I'ikes a difference. - iln [1".Jtions are made i [l|l]l,k'3est for Hunger, ].] [ll]iy Operations will .--'3l11 ] It'l contribution ;1;1 | I ,Eommunities. CHS Harvest [or Hung  likely to reject both proposals, which is what happened in two previous elections when this situation occurred. In 1993, Christine Gregoire, who was then state attorney general, issued an opinion regarding conflicting provi- sions. 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