County gun control plan requires dealers post ‘health risk’ warning on firearm ownership
By Chris Eger
King County Council Chair Joe McDermott, joined by a number of gun control advocates, recently introduced his gun plan. (Photo: King County Council)
A proposal in King County, Washington aims to enact a host of new regulations and policies on guns in the name of public safety.
At the end of July, Joe McDermott, the Democratic chair of the King County Council, introduced his Gun Safety Action Plan in conjunction with an opinion piece he penned for The Seattle Times. The package would up the county’s current rules on guns while lawmakers would lobby Olympia for an end to Washington’s preemption statute after which more restrictive ordinances and bans could be implemented.
“Guns are used to kill men, women and children at tragic rates here in King County and across our nation,” said McDermott, arguing local government must pick up the mantle of gun control. “Yet our national and state leaders continue to sit on their hands and do nothing. It’s unconscionable.”
Among the tenets of McDermott’ plan would be to force the county sheriff to destroy seized or surrendered firearms, require gun owners to lock up their firearms when not in immediate use, and conduct youth outreach on gun policy questions.
Further, the plan