Supporters, critics react to the Seattle City Council’s passage of gun measure

Supporters, critics react to the Seattle City Council’s passage of gun measure

SEATTLE — Gun owners in Seattle could now face up to a $10,000 fine if they don’t safely store firearms. The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously passed an ordinance that requires the safe storage of firearms inside Seattle city limits. “It has a fingerprint reader,” Wade Gaughren aid as he popped open a gun safe in his gun shop. Locking up your gun is now closer to becoming law in Seattle. The ordinance doesn’t surprise Wade Gaughren, owner of Wade’s Gun Shop. “It’s the Seattle City Council, man. You can shoot heroin on the street there, you can park your motor home in front of businesses and you can pretty much get away with heinous behavior. Why would they not approve another dumb law,” said Gaughren. He agrees gun owners should lock up their guns but doesn’t like the idea of government mandating it. “We’re starting to get so far into the weeds that the responsibility for the criminal act should be on the criminal, not on the things he acquires to use in the crime,” said Gaughren. The ordinance was drafted last month after a University of Washington study showed two out of three gun-owning households in Washington state do not safely store their firearms. “It’s a political statement more than anything else, it’s just Seattle hating guns,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. According to the legislation, gun owners can face fines of $500 if their firearms are not safely stored, $1,000 if […]

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