Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has been trying to ban legally-carried firearms in city Parks and Recreations Department facilities, and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has vowed to sue him if he proceeds.
Alan Gottlieb, the organization’s founder, has said the rule would violate Washington State’s firearms preemption statute, adopted more than 25 years ago.
"If this rule is [passed]," Gottlieb said, "it is our intent to immediately file a lawsuit against the city with our sister organization, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. I guarantee there will be lots of people lining up to become plaintiffs."
He further sought to stress that the state Attorney General Rob McKenna has already said the mayor had no authority to impose gun laws that are more restrictive than state statute, and under the current state law private citizens are entitled to carry concealed handguns on public property if they are properly licensed.
Nickels has been trying to introduce the ban for over a year; however it is unclear if he will be successful as he came in third in last month’s mayoral primary, effectively eliminating him from competing for the post.
Founded in 1974, SAF is the nation’s oldest and largest education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the constitutional right to privately own and possess firearms. It has more than 600,000 members and conducts programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.