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Supreme Court rules against City's gun storage law

Mayor Mike Nelson: 'It feels barbaric'


Last updated 4/28/2022 at 12:12pm

Brian Soergel

From July 2018: City Councilmember Mike Nelson, a gun owner, shows how he opens his secure lockbox at a news conference at the Frances Anderson Center.

The Washington Supreme Court ruled today that the City of Edmonds' gun storage ordinance – which says firearms must be stored safely and away from unauthorized hands – is preempted by state law.

It was a unanimous decision, led by Chief Justice Steven C. Gonzalez.

The ruling seems to signal the final blow for Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson, who as a councilmember in July 2018 announced he would submit legislation requiring the safe storage of firearms in the city.

"The repeated failure of the state and federal government to implement these common-sense safety measures to protect our childr...

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