As part of an effort to gin up support for a gun control measure, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, asked former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords to contact lawmakers in the state who are undecided on a proposal that would require universal background checks, the Seattle Times reported Monday. But Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla) was not too happy when the governor's office gave Giffords her personal cell phone number, Twitchy said Monday.
According to KING5's Drew Mikkelson, Walsh thought it was "inappropriate" for Inslee to hand out her personal number.
“I have no animosity towards Representative Giffords,” she said. “In the future if somebody’s going to give away my personal cell phone number, I’d appreciate if they get my permission first.”
Mikkelson reported that the governor's office did not realize they had given out Walsh's personal cell phone number and apologized.
Although the background check bill has the support of Democrats and one Republican, Mikkelson said that Rep. Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle), the prime sponsor of the legislation, only has 47 of the 50 votes needed to pass it, and faces a Wednesday deadline to pass it out of the House.
Walsh initially supported the measure but changed her mind after speaking with constituents, KING 5 said, adding that no pressure or phone call will change that.
The bill, if passed into law, would eliminate an exception that allows purchases from private, unlicensed sellers to occur without a background check, the Times said.
Inslee supports the proposal, calling it a "common-sense piece of legislation.”
The Times said that if the bill passes the House, it will move to the Senate, where it could pass if Republicans bring it up for a vote.
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