Competing Washington gun measures likely headed to 2014 ballot
Meanwhile, supporters of I-591 - a measure that would prevent the government from confiscating firearms without due process and implementing background checks unless a federal standard is established - are also expected to bring their total signature count to 345,000 by turning in an additional 5,000 signatures by the deadline. Each measure must have at least 246,372 valid signatures to move forward.
Both measures are Initiatives to the Legislature. Therefore, if the secretary of state confirms enough signatures have been collected, the measures will be placed in the hands of lawmakers when the 2014 session begins on January 13. Legislators can then approve the laws as they are written, submit competing measures and send them to the ballot, or do nothing, thereby automatically putting the measures to a vote of the people. If both measures do land on the November 4, 2014 ballot, voters can expect a deluge of out-of-state money from activists on both sides of the gun debate.