The Second Amendment Foundation and The National Rifle Association (NRA) have filed a lawsuit against the City of Seattle over the city’s new law that requires gun owners to safely store their firearms or face fines of up to $10,000, according to KOMO News.
The lawsuit, filed Friday, names the city of Seattle, Mayor Jenny Durkan (D), the Seattle Police Department and Police Chief Carmen Best as defendants. The lawsuit claims that Washington state law prohibits Seattle and other localities from adopting gun laws that supersede state authority.
“Seattle seems to think it should be treated differently than any other local government when it comes to firearm regulation,” Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, told KOMO News. “We should not have to repeatedly remind Seattle that they are still part of Washington state and must obey the law.”
Durkan responded to the lawsuit in a statement, saying that the safe storage law is needed to “prevent tragedies.”
“While they go to court – kids go to the hospital,” she said. “We can’t prevent every gun death or injury, we can take steps to help prevent tragedies. I am grateful that legal experts who share our commitment to reducing gun violence are standing with us and standing up for safer communities.”
“We will prevail and will continue to push for more protection for our children,” Durkan added.
Seattle’s ordinance is set to go into effect in January. Among the changes enacted by the new law:
- A gun owner must come to a police station or file a report quickly when a firearm is lost, stolen or used improperly by someone else. Failure to report a gun theft, loss or misuse could result in civil penalties.
- Gun owners could be fined up to $500 for failure to store a firearm in a locked container or to render it unusable to anyone but the owner.
- The fine would increase to $1,000 if a minor or prohibited person gets their hands on an unsecured weapon.
- The fine would increase even more – up to $10,000 – if a minor or prohibited person uses an unsecured firearm to cause injury, death or commit a crime.