SEATTLE - While signatures are still being gathered, both proponents and opponents of gun control Initiative 1491 expect it to be on this November's ballot in Washington state.
I-1491, would "temporarily prevent individuals who are at high risk of harming themselves or others from accessing firearms by allowing family, household members, and police to obtain a court order." The initiative would prevent a person with violent tendencies from buying a gun or keeping a gun.
In May, the main proponents of the initiative, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, got a boost from former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011 while meeting with constituents in a Safeway parking lot in Tucson. Six others were killed. Giffords, a gun owner, and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, have been calling for common sense gun reforms.
But opponents, including the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, argue that the law does not provide adequate due process for gun owners and cite that current gun laws aren't being adequately enforced.