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Gun Lock Law Results In Law Suits

Two gun owners allied with a Second Amendment group last week filed a legal challenge to a new city ordinance recently enacted by a Seattle suburb.

Brett Bass and Swan Seaberg have filed a lawsuit against the Snohomish County city of Edmonds following the adoption of a local law mandating that guns be locked up under penalty of civil fines that range up to $10,000. The two firearm owners, backed by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, hold that the city’s new ordinance tramples on Washington state pre-emption statutes that bar county and municipal governments from adopting gun laws.

“The city council clearly understands pre-emption, but went ahead with this ordinance, anyway, undoubtedly knowing it would be overturned by the court,” said SAF founder, Alan Gottlieb. “It seems as though their ultimate goal is to convince voters that gun law uniformity is somehow a bad idea, so it should be changed.”

Backed by Edmonds City Councilmember Mike Nelson, the council approved the measure 5-1 last month at a public meeting that saw a packed house of those on both sides of the issue weigh in on the matter. The only council member voting in opposition, Kristiana Johnson, did so out of fear it would spark a lawsuit similar to one recently filed by gun rights groups against Seattle’s new gun regulations.

The potential for litigation, according to KTTH, was well-known by Nelson, who the conservative talk radio station said worked in conjunction with the regional gun control group Alliance for Gun Responsibility to craft the ordinance. The proposal was introduced to the public at an event where Moms Demand Action and AGR were given time to speak. The city lawmaker backed the move to keep “stolen guns out of the hands of criminals, reduce accidental shootings by children, and reduce risk of suicide.”

The plaintiffs want the courts to issue an injunction preventing enforcement of the Edmonds ordinance, which is set to take effect in 180 days. The city is set to respond to the lawsuit by the end of the month.

source: guns.com

3 Comments

  • Richard Walker

    I reckon that in Edmonds you are only allowed to throw your locked gun at a criminal who has broken into your home with evil intent. What the idiots (definition: one who has the mentality of less than a two year old) on the city council are assuming is that all gun owners are irresponsible dunces who leave their loaded guns on the coffee table for their two year old children to play with or for someone to steal. I hope someone asked at their meeting how many times a child had shot themselves in Edmonds or a gun had been stolen when it was not locked up. Also, why are they making responsible gun owners responsible for those who want to commit suicide and will find a way to kill themselves if they can’t find an unlocked gun? This is like making me responsible for a car accident when my car was parked in my garage because I am a car owner.

    The second amendment was pretty important to the writers of our constitution, in consideration of the fact that it is the second one. If one reads it, it is quite unequivocal about non-infringement of the right to bear arms. Of course, when the most important of the amendments, the first, is being trampled on by the left wingnut progressives, how can we expect any respect for the second, or all the others for that matter?

    I suggest that the city council move themselves to Venezuela and live under the system there and perhaps they will appreciate that in America we are governed by the rule of law and our constitution, not by government fiat or a despotic dictator.

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  • rivahmitch

    Those who are unwilling to kill and die for their rights and liberties will inevitably and deservedly lose them.

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  • Houmid

    Flintlock pistols were just as lethal as any modern handgun when used for suicide. Yet suicide by gun wasn’t a particular problem that the Founding Fathers sought to prevent back in the late 1700s. Trying to stop suicides by removing guns doesn’t work. Too many drugs and chemicals that will do the job. Not to mention sharp implements, bridges, buildings, cliffs, stepping in front of a bus, truck, or train, getting into your car and running into a wall or bridge abutment at 120+ mph.
    I grew up in a house full of guns. Never had a problem with gaining unsupervised access to them as a toddler or young child; they were put where Dad could reach them easily, and we couldn’t. Locks weren’t needed. When we were old enough to understand, we were taught safe usage, and how deadly they could be. And then we got put to work plucking duck and goose feathers from hunting.

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