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NRA Victory in Washington Court of Appeals

Monday, February 22, 2021

NRA Victory in Washington Court of Appeals

FAIRFAX, Va. - The National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action applauds a decision by the Washington Court of Appeals today that upheld the state's preemption law and struck down a pair of local ordinances that restricted the right of law-abiding gun owners.

"Today's ruling is an important victory for the people of Washington," said Lars Dalseide, NRA Washington state spokesman. "Hopefully jurisdictions like Edmonds will realize that violating the Washington State Constitution is neither legal nor in the best interest of personal protection."

The case, Bass v. City of Edmonds, centered on two regulations requiring firearms to be locked at all times within the home and imposed liabilities on gun owners if a prohibited person ever accessed their guns.

"Washington state law prevents local jurisdictions from passing laws that are inconsistent with or more restrictive than state law. We thank the courts for faithfully applying the preemption law and securing the rights of those who choose to protect themselves, their families, and their homes," Dalseide concluded. 

The Second Amendment Foundation partnered with the NRA in the case.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.