In an opinion piece for The New York Times, Timothy Egan praises the voters of Washington state for approving I-594, which is “designed to keep felons, the mentally ill, people under certain kinds of restraining orders and others from buying weapons through unlicensed dealers — mainly gun shows and through the Internet.”

Ninety-two percent of voters, and a nearly equal percentage of gun owners, support universal background checks, according to this year’s Quinnipiac Poll.

Opponents put a countermeasure, I-591, on the ballot. If passed, it would block expanded background checks that go beyond federal standards. It was “designed to confuse voters and tie the background check initiative up in court,” Egan writes. I-591 was rejected by voters.

“If ever there was an issue that demonstrates how the will of the people can be stifled by an uncompromising minority, this is it. What passed in Washington is not gun control. Nominally sane people can still stock up on insane quantities of firearms, including assault weapons. All [I-594] does is try to filter out the people who should not be waving weapons of mass carnage around in public.”

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