Liberal State Sued Over Gun Laws
Article from the Washington Free Beacon by Stephen Gutowski.
The National Rifle Association and Second Amendment Foundation filed a suit against a second city in Washington State this week.
In the lawsuit, the gun-rights groups claimed that the city of Edmonds, Wash., violated the state’s preemption law by passing their own ordinance requiring gun owners to store their firearms so that they are locked and inaccessible when the owner isn’t actively carrying or using them. The plaintiffs claimed that the city’s ordinance could hamper residents’ ability to defend themselves and their homes. The gun-rights groups said that when the ordinance goes into effect on August 23, 2018, their members as well as the two local residents who signed on to the suit could face up to $10,000 in fines per infraction.
The NRA said it opposed the ordinance and believes it is illegal.
“No other organization does more to promote the safe and responsible use of firearms. The bulk of NRA’s budget is dedicated to firearm safety and training,” Jennifer Baker, a spokesperson for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, told the Washington Free Beacon. “The NRA opposes this poorly thought out legislation that will make people less safe in their own homes. The ordinance is a one-size fits all approach that invades people’s homes and forces them to render their firearms useless in self-defense situations. In addition to restricting the self-defense rights of Edmond residents, the ordinance is in clear violation of Washington’s state preemption statute.”
Read the entire article at the Washington Free Beacon.
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