The National Rifles Association (NRA) is suing the city of Seattle alongside two gun-owning civilians for a law that passed earlier this year. The law requires owners to store their guns safely. Individuals who are noncompliant face a maximum of $10,000 in fines. The law was developed during the on-going mass-shooting epidemic in America.
The lawsuit was filed last Friday and aims to prevent Seattle and other Washington cities from implementing gun laws that counteract state policy.
The Mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, issued the following statement:
“While they go to court – kids go to the hospital. We can’t prevent every gun death or injury, we can take steps to help prevent tragedies. I am grateful that legal experts who share our commitment to reducing gun violence are standing with us and standing up for safer communities.”
The last mass-shooting in Washington took place in 2016 and is referenced as the “Mukilteo shooting”. A gunman opened fire at a University of Washington house party leaving 3 people dead and 1 critically injured. Drukan is searching for change and is in a battle against the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and NRA.
SAF founder and executive vice president Alan Gottlieb issued the following statement:
“The City of Seattle has been trying to erode state preemption almost from the moment it was passed back in 1985. When the city tried to ban guns from city parks facilities under form Mayors Greg Nickels and Mike McGinn, SAF and NRA joined forces with other organizations to stop it, under the state preemption statute. We should not have to repeatedly remind Seattle that they are still part of Washington State and must obey the law.”
Last Friday, Durkan tweeted:
“The @NRA decide to sue me and @carmenbest in addition to @CityofSeattle. If they think we are intimidated, they are mistaken. I will continue to fight for our kids.”
The safe-storage gun law was developed in response to a study conducted by the University of Washington. Both parties will soon appear in court regarding the new gun policy.