Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


What was the intent of I-594?

Section 1 of the initiative recognizes that felons, persons convicted of domestic violence crimes, and persons dangerously mentally ill (as determined by a court) should not be able to possess guns. The intent of the initiative was to strengthen criminal and public safety background check requirements to ensure guns are not purchased or transferred to those who are prohibited from possessing them, and to reduce illegal gun trafficking.

Section 3 of I-594 (9.41.113) requires sales and transfers of firearms to be made through a licensed dealer following a background check, unless an exemption applies.

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8th of May, 2015