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Washington’s bishops support background checks for gun purchases

December 09, 2013

The bishops of the State of Washington have announced their support for a gun-control ballot initiative that was drafted in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

“The purpose of Initiative 594 is to require a background check on the sale or transfer of all firearms other than antique firearms, for both licensed and unlicensed purchasers,” the bishops said in their statement. “We bishops have supported these provisions in the past and now support this initiative’s reasonable inclusion of background checks for online sales and sales at gun shows.”


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Dec. 10, 2013 8:43 PM ET USA

    Another dumb move by liberal bishops who have no idea what is the meaning and purpose of the 2nd Amendment. The devil is always in the details and the libs will have so many details you will not be able to do anything. Just another means for the the state to control the citizens. By the way , Federal Law already requires background checks from licensed dealers. How will the Bishops control the criminals to get their background checks?

  • Posted by: MAG - Dec. 09, 2013 2:14 PM ET USA

    Once again the Bishops speak out on something in which they have no competency. Would to God that they would focus their energy on saving souls from eternal damnation instead of public policy.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Dec. 09, 2013 7:32 AM ET USA

    While it's probably a reasonable legal measure, it in no way addresses what happened at Sandy Hook. The killer there never purchased the weapons he used; his mother did and she did so in total legality. Basically, the Washington bishops have thrown their support behind a liberal "feel-good" ballot initiative that will have little or no effect.