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Gun campaigns prep for battle ahead of November vote

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Washington state’s dueling gun initiatives launched their opposing campaigns this week, days after the Legislature’s adjournment ensured that voters this year will get to weigh in on gun laws for the first time since 1997.

“The campaign begins today,” declared the Rev. Sandy Brown at a Thursday kickoff featuring faith leaders, local prosecutors, gun-violence survivors and other supporters of Initiative 594, which would extend background-check requirements to private firearm transfers.

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