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March 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

State's high court refuses to review Seattle parks gun ban

The Washington State Supreme Court has refused to review Seattle’s ban on guns in parks, upholding two lower court rulings that found it violated state law.

The Second Amendment Foundation, along with the National Rifle Association and five individuals, challenged the 2009 Seattle law prohibiting firearms in parks, community centers and other city properties.

“We are proud that the Supreme Court …u nanimously rejected Seattle’s flagrant attempt to override state law and violate the civil rights of citizens living in or vising the city,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation.

The law was enacted by then-mayor Greg Nickels after three people were injured by gunfire at the Northwest Folklife festival.

A King County Superior Court judge struck down the law, but the city under Mayor Mike McGinn appealed the ruling to the State Court of Appeals. That court also ruled against the ban. The city petitioned the state Supreme Court for review late last year.

Seattle city Attorney Pete Holmes said he was disappointed that the high court refused to hear the case. “Seattle sought a second look not only on behalf of its residents but for all forms of local governments in the state that want authority over their own properties. We’ll ask the Legislature next session to give local governments the tools they need.”

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