August 7, 2018-
Another Washington state city is now being sued by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association for violating the state’s 35-year-old preemption statute by adopting a local gun control ordinance. They filed a similar lawsuit against the City of Seattle last month. Today’s lawsuit is against the City of Edmonds, a suburban community north of Seattle. Joining in the legal action are two Edmonds residents, Brett Bass and Swan Seaberg. Named as defendants are the City of Edmonds, Mayor Dave Earling and Police Chief Al Compaan. Plaintiffs are represented by Seattle attorney Steven Fogg, at Corr Cronin LLP.
Under Washington law, the State Legislature has exclusive authority for all firearms regulation, including but not limited to “registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms, or any other element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including ammunition and reloader components.” The Edmonds ordinance mandates so-called “safe storage” and sets fines for civil infractions ranging to $10,000.