The political ads are beginning to pick up with Election Day less than a month away, and on the ballot this year is Initiative 594, which would expand background checks for firearms statewide. However is what you're hearing in those ads true?
Current law requires anyone buying a handgun from a licensed dealer needs to pass a background check. I-594 if passed would require a criminal background check on all transfers of a gun, public or private. Proponents say it will keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill but opponents argue it's giving the government more power than it deserves.
So, where's the truth about the initiative?
Issue #1: Opponents say the initiative would increase the workload of local governments with more people being charged for violations of the law.
According to the Washington Office of Financial Management, statewide administrative offices and courts could see fewer than 450 additional cases each year; the fiscal impact is less than $50,000 a year.