Washington Gov. Jay Inslee sought out on-the-fence House members of both parties today to persuade them to vote for expanded background checks on gun buyers.
The full House could take up the proposal sometime after 3 p.m. today if Democrats believe they have the votes. They need 50 of them, and Rep. Jamie Pedersen says he is confident of just 47. Several of the other 54 Democrats are balking, and Rep. Mike Hope is about the only sure supporter on the Republican side.
“I think this is a case where legislators are struggling,” Inslee said. “We know that some people have …