Seattle advances mandatory gun lock ordinance
By Chris Eger
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan holds that requiring gun owners to lock up their firearms will make the area safer. (Photo: Durkan’s office)
Leaders in Washington’s largest city are moving forward with a plan to mandate safe gun storage and penalize those who fail to report lost or stolen guns.
On Wednesday, the Seattle City Council’s Gender Equity, Safe Communities, New Americans, and Education Committee approved the proposed gun control ordinance, setting it up for a vote by the full council. Introduced by Mayor Jenny Durkan in May, she argued that most gun owners in the city do not store their firearms safely.
“The level of gun violence in our communities is just not normal. While we can’t prevent every gun tragedy, we can act to save lives,” said Durkan, a Democrat. “We know that unsecured, unsafely stored guns help fuel this crisis of violence because they are more likely to cause tragic accidents, fall into the wrong hands, or be used in suicides. Requiring that gun owners safely store their guns can help make our communities safer places to live.”
Durkan’s ordinance, proposed with input from City Attorney Pete Holmes, Councilmember M. Lorena González and “safety advocates” from the Brady Campaign and Moms Demand