It’s really not possible to overstate the importance of this victory in Washington State. In the only place where guns were directly on the ballot this Election Day, voters in the Evergreen State overwhelmingly passed Initiative 594 to expand background checks to all gun sales, including online and at gun shows. With a decisive 60 percent of voters supporting I-594, it turns out that it’s a lot harder for the corporate gun lobby to bully voters than it is to bully politicians.
Make no mistake - this law will save lives. Washingtonians should sleep better knowing that their state will be a safer place. In fact, states that have expanded background checks see 38 percent fewer women killed by intimate partners with handguns and 39 percent fewer law enforcement officers killed.