SEATTLE — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the National Rifle Association against Seattle’s new gun-storage law.
King County Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde ruled Friday, tossing the lawsuit on technical grounds after the city contended the plaintiffs lacked standing and noted the law had yet to take effect, The Seattle Times reported. “It seems the NRA jumped the gun in filing their lawsuit against this eminently reasonable legislation meant to protect children and the vulnerable,” Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes said in a statement.
The law, passed in July and set to take effect in January, says a gun owner can be fined up to $500 if a firearm isn’t locked up, up to $1,000 if a minor, “at-risk person” or unauthorized user accesses the weapon and up to $10,000 if someone uses it to commit harm or a crime.
The NRA with the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and two Seattle residents said in the lawsuit that the storage requirements violated Washington state law, which prohibits cities from regulating guns.
Linde didn't rule Friday on whether Seattle's requirements violate Washington state law.
Second Amendment Foundation officials said Friday they may appeal.