Unless they’re familiar with this case already, typical folks have never heard of Edmonds, Washington, let alone realize how the court case they lost helps strengthen our 2a rights.
How is a community of 39,000 people on the outskirts of Seattle in the national news? Simple. They rolled the dice, trying to pass a local ordinance affecting the rights of gun owners. They lost.
The municipality tried to regulate how guns could be stored in private homes.
The Court of Appeals for the State of Washington unanimously ruled Edmonds, Washington, violated state law when it instituted rules for how people must store firearms inside their own homes. The ordinance conflicts with a law that blocks localities from making their own gun regulations. Second Amendment activists advanced so-called state preemption laws to protect gun owners from having to navigate a patchwork of local regulations. Gun-control activists have objected to such laws as being too restrictive on local authority.
The Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association, which jointly filed the suit against the ordinance, cheered the ruling.
“Today’s ruling is an important victory for the people of Washington,” Lars Dalseide, NRA Washington state spokesman, said in a statement.
Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, told the Washington Free Beacon the win will also “help the cause of protecting preemption nationally.” Gun-control advocates have pushed cities and localities in Washington and across the country to pass gun restrictions in an effort to test the limits of preemption laws. They have had little success at circumventing or overturning them thus far and Gottlieb said Monday’s win will only strengthen the legal case for state preemption laws. –FreeBeacon
This case has set a precedent for cases elsewhere with nearly identical laws on the books. Like Seattle where a similar case is before the courts.
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