Seattle lawmakers unanimously approve mandatory gun lock plan
By Chris Eger
Mayor Jenny Durkan, seen here at a Seattle gun control rally in March, is ready to sign new firearms regulations approved by the City Council. (Photo: Durkan’s office)
Gun owners who fail to secure their firearms within the guidelines adopted by the Seattle City Council on Monday could face a $10,000 fine.
The Council, composed of eight Democrats and one Socialist, approved Mayor Jenny Durkin’s proposed city ordinance this week without dissent. The measure mandates firearm storage and penalizes those who do not report missing guns to police.
“Today, we passed modest legislation requiring all gun owners to lock-up their firearms when it is out of the owner’s immediate possession or control and imposing higher civil penalties when an owner fails to report a lost or stolen firearm,” said Durkin in a statement. “These bills will result in keeping guns out of the hands of children and others who do not have a legal right to possess a firearm and will result in less suicides and preventable gun deaths.”
Durkan’s ordinance, proposed with input from City Attorney Pete Holmes, Councilmember M. Lorena González and gun control advocates from the Brady Campaign and Everytown, sets a range of civil fines between $500 and $10,000 for