The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against the city of Seattle on Friday over its recently passed “safe storage” gun law, KOMO News reports.
Under the law, a gun owner faces a fine of up to $500 if the gun isn’t properly stored, up to $1,000 if a minor or an unauthorized user accesses the gun and up to $10,000 if someone uses it to cause injury or commit a crime.
Last week, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan signed it into law after the Seattle City Council unanimously passed the legislation. The law will go into effect in January.
In the lawsuit, the NRA – along with the Second Amendment Foundation and two gun-owning Seattle individuals – argues that state law prohibits cities and other municipalities from enacting gun law legislation that supersedes its authority.
“Seattle seems to think it should be treated differently than any other local government when it comes to firearm regulation,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb told KOMO News. “We should not have to repeatedly remind Seattle that they are still part of Washington state and must obey the law.”
In response to the complaint, Durkan said they will not be intimidated and will continue to fight for policies that will protect children. “While they go to court – kids go to the hospital,” the mayor said. “We can’t prevent every gun death or injury, we can take steps to help prevent tragedies.”
— Mayor Jenny Durkan (@MayorJenny) July 21, 2018
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