The NRA is taking the city of Seattle to task for violating both the U.S. Constitution and Washington state law. A new regulation passed by the city requires citizens to keep firearms behind a locked door unless they’re physically carrying the weapon. The obvious problem is that defending one’s home during invasion and having to fish around for a key to the safe aren’t necessarily compatible. The NRA is arguing that Seattle officials are simply making a political statement, and the courts will likely agree. If the decision is appealed, however, look for this to go to the Supreme Court.
Here’s more from Fox News…
A pair of gun-rights groups announced they filed a lawsuit against Seattle’s restrictive gun-storage ordinance on Friday because they say it violates Washington state law.
The National Rifle Association and Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation are working together with two Seattle residents in the suit against the city. They say the city’s requirement that any guns in a person’s residence must be stored in a locked container unless being carried by the owner or other authorized users violates state law.
“The City of Seattle has been trying to erode state preemption almost from the moment it was passed back in 1985,” Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said. “When the city tried to ban guns from city parks facilities under former mayors Greg Nickels and Mike McGinn, SAF and NRA joined forces with other organizations to stop it, under the state preemption statute. We should not have to repeatedly remind Seattle that they are still part of Washington State and must obey the law.”
He claimed Seattle is intentionally running afoul of the state’s preemption law in order to send a political message.