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Bill and Melinda Gates pledged $1 million to Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility in support of state initiative 594, which proposes background checks.

"Bill Gates has donated $1million to campaigners calling for stricter firearms controls in Washington state. The Microsoft co-founder and his wife, Melinda, gave the large sum to the Initiative 594 campaign, which calls for universal criminal background checks on individuals purchasing a gun. Advocated by the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, the campaign has now raised nearly $6 million." -- Antonia Molloy, the [London] Independent

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