National Rifle Association sues Seattle over gun storage law

National Rifle Association sues Seattle over gun storage law

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan holds a copy of the US Constitution while speaking at a gun control reform protest on 14 March 2018. She was recently named in a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association The National Rifle Association ( NRA ) is suing Seattle over a city law requiring gun owners to lock up their firearms. The lawsuit, brought by the NRA along with the Second Amendment Foundation and two city residents, was filed late last week in King County Superior Court in Washington state, which has a regulation prohibiting cities from issuing firearms regulations. “Seattle simply can’t break the law to adopt an ordinance as a political statement,” Foundation founder Alan Gottlieb said in a statement. Read more The legislation the lawsuit is opposing was passed earlier in July by a unanimous vote in the City Council. Proposed by Mayor Jenny Durkan, the law says a gun owner could be fined up to $500 £380) if a firearm is not locked up and up to $1,000 (£761) if a minor, “at-risk person,” or unauthorised user accesses the weapon. Gun owners can also face a fine of up to $10,000 if someone uses the weapon to injure someone or commit a crime. Ms Durkan said on Twitter that in addition to the city, the lawsuit names her and recently-chosen Police Chief Carmen Best personally as defendants. “If they think we are intimidated, they are mistaken,” Ms Durkan said, adding that she “will continue to fight for our kids”. […]

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