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NRA files lawsuit against Seattle for illegal gun storage ordinance, along with Second Amendment Foundation

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July 24, 2018

The National Rifle Association and Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation filed a lawsuit on Friday against Seattle’s restrictive gun-storage ordinance, claiming it violates Washington state law.

The two gun rights groups are working in conjunction with two Seattle residents in the suit against the city, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

Seattle requires that any guns in a person’s residence must be stored in a locked container unless being carried by the owner or other authorized users.

Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation said: “The City of Seattle has been trying to erode state preemption almost from the moment it was passed back in 1985. When the city tried to ban guns from city parks facilities under former mayors Greg Nickels and Mike McGinn, SAF and NRA joined forces with other organizations to stop it, under the state preemption statute. We should not have to repeatedly remind Seattle that they are still part of Washington State and must obey the law.”

Gottlieb claims Seattle is deliberately ignoring the state’s preemption law with the aim of sending a political message.

“Seattle seems to think it should be treated differently than any other local government when it comes to firearm regulation. State preemption was adopted more than three decades ago to assure uniformity of gun laws from Ilwaco to the Idaho border. Seattle simply can’t break the law to adopt an ordinance as a political statement,” Gottlieb said.

In a post on their website, the NRA said: “Gun safety and storage is a matter of personal responsibility and every person’s situation is different. It is unreasonable for the law to impose a one-size-fits-all solution. This poorly thought out legislation is without any consideration for personal circumstances. It invades people’s homes and forces them to render their firearms useless in a self-defense situation by locking them up. The ordinance would also punish victims of crimes rather than criminals by charging a $1,000 fine for a failure to report lost or stolen firearms within 24 hours. Individuals should not be further victimized after experiencing a burglary or other loss.”

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan supports the ordinance.

She said: “While they go to court—kids go to the hospital. We can’t prevent every gun death or injury, we can take steps to help prevent tragedies. I am grateful that legal experts who share our commitment to reducing gun violence are standing with us and standing up for safer communities.”