The Washington House is expected to vote later Monday on a proposal to require background checks for all gun sales. Governor Jay Inslee has enlisted the help of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to help muster the votes for the controversial measure. Giffords was shot in the head in Arizona in 2011. Inslee, a Democrat, told reporters he spoke with Giffords Monday morning.
Jay Inslee: “For those who say this won’t solve all of our gun violence problems, that’s true. But both Gabby Giffords and I believe it does a common sense thing to take one measure forward which is to prevent felons from getting firearms. This is something that needs to get done.”
Sponsors said Monday they were three votes short of passage in the Washington House. Giffords was expected to call some lawmakers to try to persuade them to support the proposal. Republican Representative Maureen Walsh says she was not pleased to learn the Governor apparently gave her cell phone number to Giffords to call.
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