- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The National Rifle Association has donated an additional $150,000 to its political action committee in Washington to fight a measure seeking universal background checks on gun sales and transfers.

The donation was made last month, but posted Tuesday to the state’s Public Disclosure Commission’s website. The committee has now raised more than $432,000 and spent more than $373,000 against Initiative 594, which would require background checks for all gun sales and transfers in Washington state, including at gun shows and for private sales, with some exemptions. Proponents of I-594 have raised more than $8.6 million.

A rival campaign, Initiative 591, would prevent the state from adopting background-check laws that go beyond the national standard, which requires the checks for sales by licensed dealers but not for purchases from private sellers. The NRA has not endorsed that measure.


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