Seattle gun storage law ’eminently reasonable,’ judge says in tossing NRA, gun group’s lawsuit

Seattle gun storage law ’eminently reasonable,’ judge says in tossing NRA, gun group’s lawsuit

A Seattle judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association and a local gun rights group against a law that will require gun owners to lock up their firearms when not carrying or using them.

King County Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde tossed the suit after the city argued that the plaintiffs lacked standing because the group could encourage its members to practice safe storage and that the law hadn’t even taken effect yet, the Seattle Times reported.

“It seems the NRA jumped the gun in filing their lawsuit against this eminently reasonable legislation meant to protect children and the vulnerable,” Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a statement.

Alan Gottlieb, president of the Bellvue, Wash.-based Second Amendment Foundation, who filed the suit with the NRA, suggested they would appeal the decision.

“It is frustrating when judges refuse to address the merits of a case and duck by saying the law is not yet in effect and plaintiffs have not proven that they will be arrested if they violate the law,” Gottlieb said in an email. “We will continue this litigation and force a judge to rule that the law is illegal.”

“It is frustrating when judges refuse to address the merits of a case … We will continue this litigation and force a judge to rule that the law is illegal.”

— Alan Gottlieb, president, Second Amendment Foundation

The NRA did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday morning.

The storage law is set to take effect in February. A gun owner can be fined up to $500 if a firearm is not locked up. The fines jump up to $10,000 if someone uses the firearm to commit a crime.

Two Seattle residents, Omar Abdul Alim and Michael Thyng, filed the suit almost immediately after Mayor Jenny Durkan signed the law.

They claimed the storage requirement violated Washington state law and cited a fear of home invasions for wanting to keep their firearms unlocked.

The dispute comes as voters will decide on a state-wide gun-control measure that includes a more stringent storage provision.

2 responses to “Seattle gun storage law ’eminently reasonable,’ judge says in tossing NRA, gun group’s lawsuit

  1. If anyone wants to find out how this storage requirement works in practice, ask an Israeli. Israel makes the same requirement, because Arabs aren’t allowed to have gun permits. They cannot get guns legally, so the main ways to get them are from burglary and stealing. If you leave a gun in the car, it can be stolen. The other ways to get them are smuggling and making their own. So it is a little more work to obtain guns if they can’t be stolen. Does it cut down on the murder rate? Well, it’s harder to kill with a knife than with a gun. At the current Israel vs Gaza war at the separation fence, it’s clear that Arabs are using Molotov cocktails, IUDs and stones. They haven’t killed more than one soldier. The only Israeli to die in this fight was shot with an illegally obtained gun.

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    • Freedom Rider

      Excellent analysis Cathy. Your viewpoint from Israel is needed on this forum. Thank you for your thoughtful commentary and sharing things we here in the USA do not see as you are able to. May G-D bless and keep you and your blessed country. Amen.. FR

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