Edmonds councilmember calls for safe storage of guns law

Jul 03, 2018
Photo by: Brian Soergel City Councilmember Mike Nelson, a gun owner, shows how he opens his secure lock box.

Edmonds City Councilember Mike Nelson on Tuesday, July 3, held a news conference at the Frances Anderson Center playfield to announce that he will submit legislation requiring the safe storage of firearms in the city of Edmonds.

It will require gun owners to lock up their guns when they are not in use.

Violation of the law could result in a fine between $500 and $1,000.

If a prohibited or at-risk person, or a minor, obtains a firearm and uses it to commit a crime, injure or kill someone (including themselves), the gun owner could be fined up to $10,000.

Look for a story in a future Edmonds Beacon.



Comments (1)
Posted by: Steve Pomper | Jul 06, 2018 07:59

I'm not sure if the good councilman is virtue signaling, grandstanding, or being sincere. However, as a retired police officer who can see backdoor gun control when he sees it, I have one word for this city politician: preemption.

RCW 9.41.290 clearly reserves all gun legislation to the state. Either Mr. Nelson knows this and is submitting the city legislation anyway, or he doesn't know about state preemption.

I'm not sure which is worse.

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