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City Council accepts pro bono defense offer for Edmonds gun storage lawsuit

September 13, 2018

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September 11, 2018-

In other council business Tuesday night, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, right, proclaimed September as National Senior Center Month. Receiving the proclamation was Edmonds Senior Center Executive Director Farrell Fleming, left. The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved an offer by two law firms to provide pro bono defense of the city’s recently passed gun storage ordinance. The firms involved are the litigation team for Everytown for Gun Safety and Summit Law Group of Seattle.

Under the City of Edmonds ordinance approved July 24, those failing to secure their firearms could face a civil infraction of up to $500. If a child or other prohibited person gains access to a firearm that should have been secured, the violator can be fined up to $1,000. If someone is hurt as a result of that person gaining access, the fine increases to up to $10,000. The City of Edmonds was served with a complaint Aug. 13 alleging that the ordinance violates the state’s 35-year-old preemption statute. A similar lawsuit was filed earlier this summer against the City of Seattle, which also passed a measure requiring safe gun storage.

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