OLYMPIA, Wash. - State House lawmakers are moving ahead with a plan to expand background checks to private gun sales.
The House Judiciary Committee approved the idea Tuesday by a one-vote margin, with Republican Rep. Mike Hope as the only member of his party voting in favor of it. Hope it a police officer previously supported by the National Rifle Association.
Hope expressed concern that criminals can avoid background checks by buying guns from private parties. Federally licensed gun shops are already required to do background checks.
The measure now moves to the full House. It faces a bigger challenge in the state Senate.