Seattle adopts mandatory gun lock law, sued by gun groups the same week (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
Seattle officials have been named in a lawsuit filed by Second Amendment groups last week over the Washington city’s newest gun regulations.
Mayor Jenny Durkin signed the measure — requiring gun owners lock up their firearms under threat of a $10,000 fine — in a public ceremony last Wednesday with city police Chief Carmen Best and gun control groups in attendance.
She described the ordinance as “a common-sense and easy way to save lives and keep firearms from falling into the wrong hands” when city lawmakers passed it in a unanimously decision.
Within 48 hours, two gun owners, Omar Abdul Alim and Michael Thyng, allied with the National Rifle Association and Second Amendment Foundation, named Durkin and Best among others in a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court.
In the filing, the pro-gun advocates argue that the new ordinance doesn’t square with state preemption statutes designed to safeguard against localities seeking to establish gun control regulations stronger than the state’s own laws. Adopted in 1985, Washington’s preemption laws have often been used by Second Amendment groups to challenge local city and county ordinances, often to good effect.
“Seattle seems to think it should be treated differently than any other local government when it comes