Gun rights groups are sending a message to city governments that think they can infringe on the Second Amendment Rights of their citizens.
“From our cold, dead hands!”
The left-wing “paradise” of Seattle recently passed a “lock-up-your-safety” law, that requires gun owners to purchase safes to store their firearms in.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), in conjunction with the National Rifle Association (NRA), on Friday filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle, Mayor Jenny Durkan, Seattle Police Department and Police Chief Carmen Best over the city’s new “safe storage” requirement.
Under the ordinance that Durkan signed into law earlier this month, firearms owners would be charged a $500 fine if a gun isn’t stored in a safe, up to $1,000 if a minor, “at-risk person” or unauthorized user accesses the firearm and up to $10,000 if someone uses the gun to hurt someone or commit a crime.
According to the lawsuit filed by SAF and the NRA, the ordinance is unenforceable because it violates Washington State’s 35-year preemption law.
“The City of Seattle has been trying to erode state preemption almost from the moment it was passed back in 1985,” SAF Founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb said in a statement. “When the city tried to ban guns from city parks facilities under former 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.”