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judge strikes down a ban on guns in Seattle

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  1. shotgunred

    shotgunred local trouble maker

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    SEATTLE, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A King County Superior Court
    judge has ruled in favor of a lawsuit filed by the Second Amendment
    Foundation and National Rifle Association, striking down a ban on guns
    in city parks because it violates Washington State's long-standing
    preemption statute.

    Judge Catherine Shaffer ruled from the bench that the gun ban, adopted
    under former Mayor Greg Nickels, violates Washington's law, which placed
    sole authority for regulating firearms in the hands of the State
    Legislature. That law was adopted in 1983 and amended in 1985, and has
    served as a model for similar laws across the country.

    SAF and NRA were joined in the lawsuit by the Citizens Committee for the
    Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the Washington Arms Collectors and five
    individual plaintiffs.

    "This is a great victory for the rule of law and Washington citizens,"
    said SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. "Greg Nickels was so
    blinded by his personal hatred for firearms owners and his own arrogance
    that he imagined the city under his control could simply ignore state
    law. That arrogance cost Nickels his job last year. We repeatedly warned
    him not to push a gun ban, but he refused listen.

    "It is also a victory for the Legislature," he observed, "because this
    case affirms the intent of lawmakers in 1983 to prevent cities like
    Seattle from creating a nightmare patchwork of conflicting and confusing
    firearms regulations. The ruling solidifies the legislature's authority
    and sends a message to city and county governments to stop meddling with
    the rights of Washington citizens."

    Gottlieb suggested a review of local ordinances may now be in order, so
    that city and county governments can be compelled to remove old gun
    regulations or face legal consequences.

    "This ruling puts anti-gun local officials on notice that legally-armed
    citizens have rights, too," Gottlieb stated.

    The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org <http://www.saf.org>) is
    the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research,
    publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right
    and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974,
    The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and
    conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the
    consequences of gun control.
     
  2. Critias

    Critias Freelancer CLM

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    Good news! Thanks for posting it!