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Appeals court: Edmonds can't enforce safe storage gun law

Added 02-24-21 09:22:01am EST - “The city of Edmonds lost another legal battle this week in its effort to enforce a statute telling residents how to store their guns.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Appeals court: Edmonds can’t enforce safe storage gun law”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

EDMONDS, Wash. (AP) - The city of Edmonds lost another legal battle this week in its effort to enforce a statute telling residents how to store their guns.

A three-judge state appeals panel ruled unanimously that the city ordinance “regardless of its arguable benefits to public safety” is “unambiguously” pre-empted by state law and provisions of Initiative 1639, a gun safety measure passed by voters in November 2018, The Daily Herald reported.

“My reaction is one of relief,” said Brett Bass, one of three residents who challenged the law with help from the National Rifle Association and the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation.

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Monday’s ruling affirms an October 2019 decision by Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Anita Farris preventing the ordinance’s enforcement.

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