The Seattle Times reports on the much-anticipated ruling.
The rule banning firearms in Seattle parks was tossed out Friday by King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer, who said the city cannot pre-empt state law.
The city now has 30 days to remove the 116 metal signs, which are about 1 by 1-½ feet in size and show a handgun inside a red circle, with a red line crossing out the gun. In all-capital letters there is the warning: "FIREARMS PROHIBITED."
Assistant City Attorney Gary Keese said, "We will comply with the court order and are weighing with the mayor and City Council the options for appeal."
Mayor Mike McGinn issued a one-paragraph, late-afternoon statement that said, "I am disappointed in today's (Friday's) ruling. Cities should have the right to restrict guns in playground, pools and community centers where children are present ... It's time for the state Legislature to change that law."
To me, this is one of the best examples of NRA bully tactics. Does anyone really believe the nanny who walks her little charges in the park and the young couple taking romantic walks in the early evening and the dozens of other "normal" people affected by this ruling are better off? No, they're not. Because a small very vocal minority has bullied its way into the city parks of Seattle, the regular people lose.
The present and former mayors of Seattle are "disappointed," as well as the vast majority of citizens who, for a time, enjoyed the knowledge that people weren't walking around with guns. Citizens of urban communities already know that drug addicts and gang members are likely to have guns and present a danger. But what they don't want is to have to worry about the supposed law abiding gun owners too. Does anyone think the jogger or stroller who uses the park is comforted by the possibility that if some bad guy pops up with a gun some good guys will open fire and save the day?
I don't think so. It's a bad deal for Seattle, except for that small fraction who own guns and insist on carrying them around in the public places.
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