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EDMONDS, Wash. – Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, the country’s largest gun violence prevention organization, today announced that Everytown’s Litigation Team, along with Summit Law Group, is representing the City of Edmonds on a pro bono basis as it defends its responsible storage ordinance against a lawsuit from the National Rifle Association and Second Amendment Foundation challenging the gun safety measure.
The city’s ordinance, which was introduced by City Council President Mike Nelson, passed on July 24, 2018, and requires gun owners in Edmonds to secure guns in their homes and other premises in a locked container whenever they are not carrying the guns or otherwise have them under their control. Unsecured guns pose a major risk to children, families and communities. They can also contribute to the problem of guns being stolen from a home by criminals.
Everytown is also assisting the city of Seattle in defending that city’s responsible storage ordinance, which has also been challenged in an NRA lawsuit.
“Responsible gun storage laws help make communities safer and we look forward to defending the city in court and standing up for gun safety,” said Eric Tirschwell, director of litigation at Everytown for Gun Safety.
“The city of Edmonds is pleased to have the support of Everytown for Gun Safety and Summit Law Group,” said Dave Earling, Mayor of Edmonds.
“I appreciate Everytown for Gun Safety and Summit Law Group stepping up to help defend Edmonds against the NRA’s lawsuit,” said Mike Nelson, Edmonds City Council President. “It is unfortunate that a common sense law requiring storing firearms so children cannot access them is being challenged in court. We all have a responsibility to prevent gun violence.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs