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AG: "Gaps" Exist In Washington Gun Laws

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Attorney General's Office says the state's process of conducting background checks on those wishing to buy guns may not do enough to stop dangerous people from obtaining firearms.   A new report, issued by AG Bob Ferguson, says Washington's system is "fragmented" in that it relies on 260 law-enforcement agencies throughout the state to conduct the checks.  Ferguson tells KING-5 such a fragmented system could allow felons or mentally-ill people to fall through the cracks.  The Attorney General's Office is recommending the establishment of a more centralized process for conducting background checks for potential gun buyers in Washington.

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