Seattle council unanimously passes safe storage laws for gun owners

Seattle council unanimously passes safe storage laws for gun owners

(US Air Force photo) The Seattle City Council unanimously approved two gun control regulations Monday, originally proposed by Mayor Jenny Durkan , that require safe storage of firearms. Seattle residents now face penalties if they do not safely store their firearms or report lost and stolen guns. “For me it’s very simple,” said Council President Bruce Harrell . “We are just trying to save one life at a time. Whether this law or any law drastically changes the needle, that concerns me less. We are trying to save one life at a time.” RELATED: Study says majority of Washington gun owners do not safely store firearms The pair of ordinances are aimed at the city’s gun violence problem that has spiked in recent years . At the same time, recent studies indicate that the majority of Washington gun owners do not practice safe storage of firearms. Councilmember Lorena González said that the safe storage ordinance is a “common sense” rule. “These are a suite of laws, particularly the safe storage law, that will have a measurable impact in keeping our children safe, and our communities safe from gun violence,” González said. “All of the research we have been reading … really does tell us that safe storage of firearms in the home makes a huge impact in terms of keeping our community safe.” According to Mayor Durkan’s office, 150,000 adults in King County are estimated to store their firearms unlocked. About 250 guns were reported stolen in 2017, according […]

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