From the Register Guard:

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has donated $500,000 to a campaign seeking to expand background checks on gun sales in Washington state.

His Aug. 11 donation to Initiative 594 was made public when it was posted on the state’s Public Disclosure Commission website Monday afternoon. Campaign manager Zach Silk said the campaign is grateful for Allen’s support.

Other big names have made large donations to the campaign, including former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie, who have given $580,000, and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, who has given nearly $400,000 and has pledged an additional $530,000.

Initiative 594 would require an NICS instant background check be performed for any sale or transfer of a firearm except between family members.

I’m not against requiring background checks per se, but there needs to be some other exceptions to laws such as this. For instance, if friends are at the range, or are hunting, and one wants to tryout another’s gun, it’s ludicrous to require that they stop by a gun store or police station and (besides paying money) undergo a background check. Further, there ought to be a “known to me” exemption for sales between friends. I guess it all depends on how these proposed laws define the word, “transfer.”