Bloomberg group donates $1M to gun initiative

Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen also recently donated to Initiative 594 campaign

FILE (KOIN 6 News)

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A campaign seeking universal background checks on gun sales has now raised more than $7 million after a $1 million donation from a group funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The donation to the Initiative 594 campaign from Everytown for Gun Safety posted Friday on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website.

The donation is the latest big money gift from prominent figures, including Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

I-594 would require background checks for all gun sales and transfers in Washington state, including at gun shows and for private sales. Under the measure, exemptions would exist, including gifts within a family and antiques.

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. That campaign has raised about $1 million.

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