Following a Public Hearing held on October 13, 2014, the Kirkland City Council adopted Resolution 5074 expressing its support of Initiative 594 (I-594), the Washington Universal Background Checks for Gun Purchases measure and adopted Substitute Resolution 5073, expressing its opposition to Initiative 591 (I-591), the Washington Gun Rights measure. More than 20 persons testified during the Public Hearing. To stream the video of the Public Hearing, go to www.kirklandwa.gov, search On-Demand, and select the October 3, 2014 Council meeting.
I-594 proposes requiring a background check be conducted on every person purchasing a gun in the State of Washington, including those who purchase guns through private sales. I-591 proposes implementing background checks only if a federal standard is established. Both Initiatives will appear on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot for Washington State voters.
Those Council Members who voted in favor Resolution 5074 expressed belief that comprehensive background checks would help to decrease gun violence. Those Council Members who voted in support of Substitute Resolution 5073 expressed concern that the Federal government would take a long while to develop national standards for background checks. Each Resolution was adopted with a 6 to 1 vote; Council Member Toby Nixon voted no with respect to both Resolutions.
The re-broadcast of the Public Hearing is available to Kirkland residents on Comcast Channel 21 and Frontier Channel 31 on the City’s KGOV channel. For a schedule, go to the KGOV TV Guide at www.kirklandwa.gov/tv.