Appeals court says Edmonds can’t enforce safe storage gun law

Appeals court says Edmonds can’t enforce safe storage gun law

Brett Bass, an Edmonds resident, legally challenged the city’s ordinance about gun storage. On Monday, a state appeals panel ruled the city cannot enforce its ordinance. (Andy Bronson / Herald file) EDMONDS — The city lost another legal round Monday in its attempt to enforce a statute telling residents how to store their guns. A three-judge state appeals panel ruled unanimously that the city ordinance “regardless of its arguable benefits to public safety” is “unambiguously” pre-empted by state law and provisions of Initiative 1639, a gun safety measure passed by voters in November 2018. “My reaction is one of relief. It’s nice to see the rule of law still matters,” said Brett Bass, one of three residents who challenged the city law with the assistance of the National Rifle Association and the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation. Monday’s ruling affirms an October 2019 decision by Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Anita Farris preventing the ordinance’s enforcement. An appeal to the state Supreme Court could be the next step for the city. “We’re looking at (the ruling) and what we’re going to do next.” said Councilwoman Adrienne Fraley-Monillas. “Any time you lose in court it is a disappointment. If this ordinance may have saved a child’s life because a parent locked away a gun it is worth it.” Bass would like the legal journey to end here. “I would hope they would decide this isn’t worth the energy,” he said. “I don’t see how this benefits them or their citizens.” The […]

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