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October 18, 2008 at 3:53 PM

Seattle’s mayor and guns

Concealed permit is a deterrent

The arrogance of Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels is boundless. As the mayor of the “Peoples Republic of Seattle,” he has decided his word is above the law and the constitution of the state of Washington. Article 1, Section 24 and more specifically RCW 9.41.290, state the following: “Due to state pre-emption, no city, town, county or other municipality can restrict your right to keep and bear arms more than the state” [“AG says Nickels’ authority restricted on guns,” news. Oct. 16].

Washington state issues concealed-carry permits to citizens for a reason: so they can protect themselves.

Nickels’ comments that he has a “moral obligation” to make sure there are no guns at Seattle public facilities would be laughable if it weren’t pathetic.

In what world is a criminal going to heed Nickels “morality” clause?

What they will do is know that any Seattle public facility is a Greggie-poo “no gun zone” and take advantage of the unarmed sheep.

Having a concealed permit is a deterrent to criminals. The inherent element of doubt of who is carrying makes people think twice.

I, for one, look forward to The Second Amendment Foundation and RKBA [right to keep and bear arms] organizations filing a lawsuit against the mayor.

Nickels is an imbecile whose time in office has lasted too long. Hopefully, the voters are tired of his foolish policies.

— Mike Ballsmith, Snoqualmie

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