2014-04-16T012420Z_1_CBREA3F03WY00_RTROPTP_2_USA-GUNS

Two incompatible gun ballot measures lead in Washington state

The groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America hold a news conference in WashingtonBy Jonathan Kaminsky OLYMPIA, Washington (Reuters) – Two incompatible ballot measures on background checks for gun buyers in Washington state enjoy majority support in a poll released on Tuesday, but the one advancing stricter gun controls is more popular. They are the latest touchstones in a longstanding fight over background checks on gun buyers. The debate hinges on whether their expansion constitutes a common-sense approach to keeping guns away from criminals and the mentally unstable or a first step in broader restrictions on gun ownership. Initiative 594 would require all firearm sales, including those at gun shows and conducted online, to be predicated on a background check of the buyer.

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