The Seattle City Council’s public safety committee Wednesday will discuss a new plan to harness the state initiative system to create “reasonable gun regulations” in Washington’s largest cities:
This Initiative, if passed, would allow Seattle to enact laws that would increase public safety in our neighborhoods, schools and businesses by 1) requiring mandatory gun safety training for concealed carry license permits, 2) requiring handgun trigger locks, 3) requiring gun safes, and 4) requiring gun data collection. Data shows a direct, negative correlation between the rate of gun deaths and states that ban assault weapons and require handgun trigger locks and safes.
Current state law restricts Seattle from regulating firearms “in any meaningful way,” according to the statement on the proposed initiative from committee chair Bruce Harrell.
The move comes in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting tragedy as the debate over firearm regulation in the nation has taken an even more serious turn and efforts to place new limits on guns are being considered at local, state and federal levels.
The Seattle-led effort would include “regional and statewide leaders, community leaders, attorneys, prosecutors, police officers, State Board of Health, King County Board of Health, youth organizations, universities and colleges, parent and education groups, and organizations like Washington CeaseFire,” according to Harrell’s statement.
Organizers would need to gather more than 240,000 signatures for the initiative to appear on a 2013 ballot.
In 1997, the NRA poured $3.5 million in advertising into the state to defeat an initiative that would have required safety tests for gun owners and trigger locks for handguns.