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Paul Allen donates $500,000 to gun initiative

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OLYMPIA — A campaign seeking to expand gun sale background checks has received a $500,000 donation from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

The donation to Initiative 594 posted on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website Monday afternoon.

I-594 would require background checks for all gun sales and transfers in Washington state, including at gun shows and private sales. Under the measure, some exemptions would exist, including gifts within a family and antiques. Supporters have now raised nearly $4 million, and one…

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