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The kindness of a pawn shop owner will keep Washington's Lynden Pioneer Museum from having to remove all firearms from a World War II exhibit and return them to the owners to comply with a new state law. Initiative 594, which voters passed earlier this month, requires background checks on all firearms transfers except between family members. There is no exception in the law for loans to museums. The museum had planned to return the firearms to owners before the law takes effect Dec. 4. But the owner of Pistol Annie's Jewelry and Pawn offered to do the background check on the museum director and when the firearms are returned do the checks on the owners.