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December 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Withheld documents about gun buyback will cost city $38,000

The city of Seattle will pay $38,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the Second Amendment Foundation over failure to release public records relating to Mayor Mike McGinn’s January gun buyback.

The settlement was signed today by Carl Marquardt, legal counsel to mayor Mike McGinn, and includes an apology for the mayor’s office’s failure to release records about the controversial buyback program that netted about 700 guns but also provoked criticism from public health and gun-rights advocates that it wouldn’t reduce gun violence.

“The city of Seattle acknowledges that it had a duty under the Washington Public Records Act to provide all documents in response to the Second Amendment Foundation’s public disclosure request in a timely manner, and that it did not do so … While the initial failure to produce records in this case was unintentional, the city acknowledges that it did not meet the requirements of the Public Records Act, and for that we sincerely apologize.”

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May 9, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Seattle mayor’s omission: Buyback guns now rebar

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced Tuesday that more that 700 guns collected in a buyback program would be made into plaques, knowing that most of the guns had already been destroyed. (File photo) by Gene Johnson The Associated Press Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn made a deliberate omission this week when he announced a plan to turn guns…

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May 7, 2013 at 12:08 PM

McGinn’s gun plan: Turn weapons into words

Mayor Mike McGinn announced a plan today to turn the weapons collected at a recent gun buyback into plaques that will be inscribed with Seattle children’s words about gun violence. The plaques will be placed in city parks. No taxpayer money will be used for the program. “These upcycled plaques, inscribed with the hopes and dreams…

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January 28, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Seattle already planning another gun buyback

Mayor Mike McGinn, right, is briefed by Seattle Police Deputy Chief Nick Metz on Monday morning. (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times) Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn this morning said he’s already planning for another gun buyback, after an event Saturday brought in 716 firearms and resulted in two-hour lines and a traffic jam. “We would love…

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January 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Surface-to-air missile tube shows up at Seattle gun buyback event

A Seattle police officer displays the missile tube someone brought to the gun buyback event in downtown Seattle Saturday morning. (Photo courtesy of the city of Seattle) A lot of guns showed up at the city of Seattle’s gun buyback event today, but it’s not likely anyone was prepared for a surface-to-air missile…

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January 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Live chat at noon about gun laws with state senator and pro-gun activist

What can Seattle and Washington state do to reduce gun violence? Phil Watson, Second Amendment Foundation State Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle That question is on the minds of many public officials, with King County and Seattle launching a gun buyback program and state lawmakers preparing to discuss new legislation this session. On Wednesday at noon, Seattle Times…

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