A judge in the state of Washington has upheld Seattle’s gun storage law, dismissing a lawsuit filed by Second Amendment supporters on technical grounds. King County Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde ruled Oct. 19 that the plaintiffs lacked standing in suing over a law that had yet to take effect.
In doing so, the judge avoided addressing the fact that the state of Washington already has a law on its books that states no local municipality can regulate guns on its own. Seattle would appear to be in clear violation of this statute.
“It is frustrating when judges refuse to address the merits of a case and duck by saying the law is not yet in effect and plaintiffs have not proven that they will be arrested if they violate the law,” Alan Gottlieb, president of the Second Amendment Foundation, said in an email to The Seattle Times. “We will continue this litigation and force a judge to rule that the law is illegal.”