After a shooting at a folklife festival injured three people, Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels will prohibit guns at Seattle Center, parks, community centers and city-run buildings, reports the Seattle Times. Nickels signed an executive order directing employees to draft a plan in 30 days to create a “gun-free policy” on city property. “Our parks, our community centers and our public events are safer without guns,” Nickels said. “At many properties, including City Hall, you can bring a gun if you have a concealed-weapons permit. Under this order, people with concealed weapons will be asked to give up their weapon or leave.”
The city does not have the authority to arrest or fine people for bringing a gun onto city property. Only the state can enact laws governing firearms, and the mayor acknowledged the city could face a legal challenge. The city can, however, charge violators with trespassing. Law-enforcement officers would be exempt.