Former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived a 2011 shooting, testified Tuesday before a Washington state House panel considering an initiative to expand firearm background checks in the state, telling lawmakers that “the nation is counting on you.”
Supporters of an initiative that would prevent Washington state from adopting universal background checks for gun sales say they have submitted 340,000 signatures.
Supporters of preventing Washington state from adopting universal background checks for gun sales are set to turn in their first batch of signatures.
Facing a multimillion-dollar initiative campaign to expand background checks for gun sales, local Second Amendment activists are responding with their own ballot measure.
Gun rights and gun control groups joined prosecutors and lawmakers Wednesday in demanding some tough love for kids who illegally carry firearms, saying teen gun violence is on the rise and current laws aren’t up to the task of dealing with it.