Not unexpectedly, Bellevue's Second Amendment Foundation says it will sue the city of Seattle, likely tomorrow, over Mayor Greg Nickels' ban on guns in many city parks. "I'm awaiting my copy of the suit to sign, probably by the end of the day," SAF founder and vice-president Alan Gottlieb said this afternoon. His lead plaintiff will be a gun-carrying Seattle gay rights activist, he added.
Gottlieb says the gun-rights group's superior court lawsuit will argue that the city ban is preempted by state law, which does not provide for such bans. "Only the legislature can change that law," says Gottlieb, who considers his lawsuit a "slam dunk."
Seattle's ban went into effect Oct. 14 under the mayor's executive order. "When children and families visit a Seattle Parks and Recreation pool, playground, community center or other facility, they are entitled to a reasonable expectation of safety," Nickels said in announcing the ban. The mayor has been expecting a legal challenge, and state Attorney General Rob McKenna has already reminded the mayor of a 2008 AG advisory opinion "which," says McKenna, "found that state law preempts local authority to adopt firearms regulations," unless specifically authorized by lawmakers.