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Victory in Washington Preemption Case

Monday, February 22, 2021

Victory in Washington Preemption Case

Today, the Washington Court of Appeals struck two firearms-storage ordinances under the state’s preemption law in an NRA-ILA case.

The City of Edmonds passed two ordinances that required firearms be locked at all times within the home, and imposed liabilities on gun owners if their firearms were ever accessed by a prohibited person. Edmonds passed these unlawful ordinances despite the state’s clear preemption statute.

Edmonds is not the only city in the Evergreen State that the NRA has had to sue for violating the preemption statue. Last October, the Washington Court of Appeals ruled that a similar NRA preemption suit against the city of Seattle could proceed, and remanded it back to the trial court to determine if the ordinances were preempted. Today’s ruling paves the way to victory in that case because the ordinances are so similar.

The case is called Bass v. City of Edmonds. The Second Amendment Foundation was also involved with the case.

Please stay tuned to www.nraila.org for future updates on this and all of ILA’s efforts to defend your constitutional rights. 

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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.