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Washington State: Seattle Mayor Brazenly Attacks Our Right-to-Carry!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Please Stand Up and Make Your Voice Heard Today!

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, a member of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun gang, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is taking a misguided approach to curbing crime in his city. 

In a knee-jerk reaction to a recent shooting, Mayor Nickels signed an executive order on Monday, June 9 prohibiting firearms at Seattle Center, parks, community centers, and city-owned buildings.  This ban, which includes Right-to-Carry permit holders, does not require review by the City Council and directs that a plan be drawn-up in 30 days to establish the prohibition.

Mayor Nickels’ ban is a clear violation of Washington State’s preemption statutes that dictate that only the State Legislature can enact laws pertaining to firearms.  Because of preemption, the city has no arrest power or authority to fine people under Mayor Nickel’s outlandish order.  The city can, however, charge any violators with trespassing. 

It is important that NRA members, Right-to-Carry permit holders, firearm owners, and anyone interested in the rule of law to respectfully make their voice heard against this Draconian attack on our Second Amendment freedoms.  Please contact Mayor Nickels, write a letter to your local newspaper(s), call in to radio talk shows, and urge your legislators to speak out against this unwarranted attack on law-abiding gun owners.

The Mayor can be reached by phone at (206) 684-4000 or via email by clicking here.  His mailing address is, P.O. Box 94749, Seattle, WA 98124-4749.  For information on how to contact your legislators, please click here.

 
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