Courtesy of asiarisingtv.com
Nearly $6 million has been raised for a Washington campaign for gun control after a $1 million donation
from Bill and Melinda Gates on Friday (August 22), which was made public on Monday (August 25).
Bill, the co-founder of Microsoft, and his wife issued a joint statement expressing their support for I-594, which would ensure a wider background check on all
gun sales, including those used at gun shows and for private sales.
The couple said that they believe I-594 "will be an effective and balanced approach to improving gun safety in our state by closing existing loopholes for background checks".
Their donation is not the only one from a Microsoft
co-founder; Paul Allen donated $500,000 earlier this month. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife Connie also donated to this campaign, giving $580,000.
Another significant donation was from venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, who donated a further $1 million, bringing his total donated to this campaign to almost $1.4million.
There is a rival campaign which aims to stop the state from adopting laws from background checks beyond the national standard--background check required for licensed dealers, but not for purchases from private sellers--called Initiative 591. So far, this campaign has raised just over $1 million.
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