Proposed Seattle ordinance would levy fines for unlocked guns

Proposed Seattle ordinance would levy fines for unlocked guns

KOMO News file photo SEATTLE – A new city ordinance that would assess fines of up to $10,000 against gun owners who do not safely store their firearms will be up for a vote Monday before the Seattle City Council. The ordinance was drafted last month following the release of a new University of Washington study showing that nearly two in three gun-owning households in Washington state do not safely store their firearms. The new law, if passed, would require the safe storage of firearms inside the city of Seattle unless carried by the owner or a lawfully authorized user. The ordinance also increases civil penalties and legal responsibility for failure to report unsecured firearms that are lost, stolen, or improperly used by an unauthorized user. “The level of gun violence in our communities is not normal. … We – and especially our children – should not have to live like this," Durkan said. "With Congress in the grip of the D.C. gun lobby and too many state legislatures failing to act, our cities must lead the way." Studies show that nearly 1,300 children die from gunshot wounds each year. In 2015, an estimated 150,000 adults in King County reported storing a firearm unlocked. In Seattle, 250 stolen guns were reported in 2017, according to police. Under the proposed ordinance, a gun owner could be fined up to $500 for failure to store a firearm in a locked container or to render it unusable to anyone but the owner. […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.