You may have heard that Voters in Washington state chose to advance a ballot initiative on Tuesday that will expand background checks for guns and effectively prevents gun owners from handing a firearm to another citizen unless a FBI background check is run each and every time.

Initiative 594, which passed with 60 percent of the vote, mandates background checks on all gun sales and transfers.  The measure makes exceptions for weapons transferred within families and for the purchase of antique guns.

The Huffington Post and the rest of the progressive main stream media are giddy.

But you probably have not read that Alabama voters passed a pro Second Amendment provision.  The MSM has ignored the ballot initiative because it doesn’t advance their liberal fascist agenda.

Alabama voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly favored a revision to the state constitution which will provide greater legal protections for the right to keep and bear arms. By a vote of 73 percent to 27 percent, voters amended the state constitution to include the following provision:

(a) Every citizen has a fundamental right to bear arms in defense of himself or herself and the state. Any restriction on this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.

(b) No citizen shall be compelled by any international treaty or international law to take an action that prohibits, limits, or otherwise interferes with his or her fundamental right to keep and bear arms in defense of himself or herself and the state, if such treaty or law, or its adoption, violates the United States Constitution.

Strict scrutiny is the most exacting level of judicial review employed by the courts. For a gun control law to survive strict scrutiny, the state must prove that it has a compelling interest that both justifies and necessitates the regulation in question. Among lawyers, strict scrutiny is frequently characterized as “strict in theory, fatal in fact.” Lawmakers receive no deference from the courts under this approach.

Put differently, this new constitutional provision is a huge win for gun rights and a major defeat for gun control advocates in Alabama.