Seattle could fine gun owners up to $10k for not locking firearms at home

Proper storage of firearms and ammunition is vital to ensuring the safety of Minot’s Airmen and their families. Unloaded firearms should be stored in a lockable gun cabinet, safe or locked vault. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Tech. Sgt. Thomas Dow) On Thursday, the mayor of Seattle revealed a new proposal that could fine gun owners anywhere from $500 up to $10,000 for not keeping their guns under lock and key, depending on the severity of the situation. Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposal would charge a civil infraction if a minor or “at-risk” person accesses a weapon that wasn’t properly secured, the Seattle Times reported . Under the mayor’s proposal, a storage infraction could impose a fine of up to $500, and a fine of up to $1,000 for an access-prevention infraction could be imposed. The fine could be up to $10,000 in the case of a minor, at-risk person or unauthorized user obtaining an unlocked gun and using it to hurt someone or commit a crime. The proposal, which is on its way to city council, would be relevant to guns that are stored off of a person, not those carried on a person. Durkan is sending legislation to the City Council that would penalize gun owners for failing to lock up and safeguard their firearms, @DBeekman reports: https://t.co/eTsKeYxUru — The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) May 25, 2018 It would be a civil infraction if a gun owner knows or should know that someone could access the gun but doesn’t prevent it […]

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