More Washington cities consider safe gun storage regulations

More Washington cities consider safe gun storage regulations

Edmonds Council President Mike Nelson presents his safe gun storage proposal to the city council July 17, 2018. (City of Edmonds) Communities not far from Seattle are now considering their own safe gun storage regulations after the Emerald City passed its own. “I would rather be spending my time debating signs and locations of city buildings and not have to talk about firearms,” said Edmonds Council President Mike Nelson at the council’s Tuesday meeting. “I never thought when I took this job that this was something I would be doing. I also didn’t think I’d have to hear from my six-year-old, beaming with pride, that he now knows how to properly barricade himself from an armed gunman.” “My personal focus on this is what we can do to protect our kids,” he said. RELATED: What does safe storage mean under Seattle’s new regulation? Nelson, a gun owner himself , has proposed a safe gun storage ordinance for Edmonds. It echoes Seattle’s recently-passed regulation, aiming to get owners to lock up their guns. It differs from Seattle’s rule, however, by allowing the use of trigger locks. Gun owners could be fined up to $500 for not safely storing their firearms. If a child or prohibited person gets access to their gun, the fine goes up to $1,000. If a child or prohibited person harms another or commits a crime with the gun, the fine goes up to $10,000. Money raised from the fines will be used to pay for trigger […]

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