People of Northwest Public Radio
Seattle Gun Control
Thu May 31, 2012
Seattle City Council Will Seek Tighter Gun Control Rules
Seattle city council members say the spate of shootings in the city has heightened their interest in seeking new gun control regulations. But they say they’re proceeding carefully, since the city’s previous ban on guns in parks was struck down by the courts.
At a press briefing about Wednesday’s shootings in Seattle, city council member Bruce Harrell said it’s the council’s job to make policy changes to respond to the recent gun violence.
Harrell: “I’ll be one of many that will lead the efforts in terms of smart gun laws with respect to what happens to our youth when they are carrying unlawful guns. Many of you know about the loophole known as the ‘gun show loophole’ that has been examined. California and Oregon solved that loophole, we have not. I think we need to look at that very closely.”
That “loophole” allows buyers at gun shows to avoid background checks.
Council members say city attorney Pete Holmes is researching gun control proposals that could withstand court challenges. State law generally preempts local authority to adopt more restrictive gun regulations.
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