Washington Handgun Trigger Locks, Initiative 676 (1997)
in Washington State
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The question asked on the ballot was, "Shall the transfer of handguns without trigger-locking devices be prohibited and persons possessing or acquiring a handgun be required to obtain a handgun safety license?"
I-676 attracted national attention because, if it had passed, it would have imposed one of the toughest gun safety laws in the nation.
I-676 would have required;
- Trigger locks to be sold with handguns.
- Required handgun owners to take an eight-hour safety training course or pass an exam on the safe handling, operation, and storage of guns before they could possess the handgun.
- Handgun owners would have been required to obtain a gun safety license from the state verifying they had completed the training or exam.
- Failure to obtain a gun safety license could have resulted in a misdemeanor or felony charge, as well as police confiscation of the handgun.
Although I-676 suffered a crushing defeat, the New York Times said three weeks before the election that polls showed it winning "by a wide margin".
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