Gun Control Advocates Look to State Ballot Initiatives

Gun control supporters are focusing on state ballot initiatives to push their agenda as their campaign on the national level has failed.

A November ballot measure in the state of Washington to require more broad background checks on buyers succeeded, prompting supporters to turn the battle to other states that allow ballot measures, reports The New York Times.

“I can’t recall ballot initiatives focused on gun policy,” said Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Director Daniel Webster. “There wasn’t the money.”

But gun control groups’ wallets are getting fatter, thanks to the backing of wealthy donors such as former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Notices are going out from anti-gun groups like the Americans for Responsible Solutions PAC, founded and led by former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, soliciting cash and ideas for standing their ground against Republican lawmakers.