Washington court reignites legal battle over Seattle’s gun storage law

Washington court reignites legal battle over Seattle’s gun storage law

In this photo taken October 2, 2018, a semi-automatic rifle, with "God Bless America" imprinted on it, is displayed for sale on the wall of a gun shop in Lynnwood, Washington. (The Center Square) — Washington gun rights activists can move forward with a 2-year-old lawsuit challenging Seattle’s gun storage mandate, a state appeals court panel has ruled. Under Seattle’s Responsible Storage Law , gun owners must keep their guns in a locked container when not being carried by them or under their control. The law imposes fines of up to $10,000 for crimes committed with an improperly stored gun. The law, which went into effect in February of last year, drew litigation from two Washington gun owners in addition to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation soon after its passage by the Seattle City Council in 2018. The original lawsuit named Omar Abdul Alim and Michael Thyng as plaintiffs in addition to the gun organizations. A King County Superior Court judge threw out the lawsuit two years ago on the grounds that two plaintiffs could not claim to be stakeholders under the law. On Monday, a three-judge panel on the state appeals court ruled that Alim and Thyng “plausibly alleged a plausible justiciable controversy” and met the court’s standards for being stakeholders in the lawsuit. “The City argues, instead, that Alim and Thyng have not adequately pleaded injury in fact because the City has taken no enforcement action against them and they did […]

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