Top 10 Stories: Gun Ownership Laws, Reunification at SeaTac, and Plastic Straw Ban Effects

Top 10 Stories: Gun Ownership Laws, Reunification at SeaTac, and Plastic Straw Ban Effects

1. Yolany Padilla, the leading plaintiff in the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s lawsuit against federal agencies, was reunited with her son on Saturday . Padilla was separated from her 6-year-old son when she arrived at the southern border from Honduras in May. She was released from the detention center in Tacoma on an $8,000 bond and held a press conference last week, when she demanded her son back. Padilla credited advocates for detainees as the reason she got her child back. Jorge Barón, NWIRP executive director, said there are still over 2,500 kids that have yet to be reunited with their families across the country. 2. Gun owners must lock up their firearms or face fines up to $10,000 under the new law passed by the Seattle City Council. Securing firearms decreases the chance of accidental firearm injuries and deaths to youth by 73 percent, according to a study by Harborview. The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranks Washington state highly for its gun safety regulations. 3. Seattle’s plastic straw ban has created a national conversation. Starbucks announced it will stop using plastic straws in all of its stores by 2020. The coffee chain will replace the plastic straws with compostable or paper straws and straw-less lids for their iced drinks. Disability rights advocates have publicly criticized the plastic straw ban for not considering the fact that some people with disabilities need straws to drink. The city’s ordinance does permit food establishments to provide people with flexible […]

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