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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

by Gene Johnson The Associated Press Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn made a deliberate omission this week when he announced a plan to turn guns from a buyback program into plaques carrying messages of peace. The vast majority of the more than 700 weapons turned in this year had already been melted down into rebar. McGinn spokesman…

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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 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM

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

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 tube that someone turned in. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn apparently was mistaken when he tweeted at midday today that the missile tube was a grenade launcher, as…

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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? 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 readers are invited to participate in an online…

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