Gun rights groups suing Evergreen State

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Second Amendment (gun + flag)Pro-gun organizations are taking another city in Washington State to court.

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and the National Rifle Association (NRA) are suing the city of Edmonds, Washington over its strict gun control policies.

SAF Founder Alan Gottlieb maintains that the city of Edmonds violated the law in order to try to make a new law to enforce a gun control statute that – under state law – they are pre-empted from doing legally.

"No date has been set yet because the city of Edmonds still has to respond to the lawsuit in court – [just] to start with," Gottlieb told OneNewsNow. "We assume it's going to move fairly quickly because the law has an effective date coming up, and the court is probably going to want to decide it before the law becomes effective."

Edmonds is now the second city in Washington to have passed such an ordinance, as the city of Seattle did the exact same thing.

"We're suing them, too," Gottlieb added. "What's happening is there, the anti-gun movement in this country is using the state of Washington as a litmus test place in court to see if they can overturn the so-called pre-emption type laws that many, many states have.

He explained this further.

“[This] basically says that the state pre-empts the area of firearm legislation so that laws have to be consistent statewide, and cities, towns [and] political subdivisions can't pass their own laws, making a patchwork quilt of laws so you don't know what the laws are as you cross city lines,” Gottlieb clarified. “And what's happening is if the other side gets this through – and the courts approve it in Washington State – you're going to see this happen in every state across the country who has a pre-emption law."

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