Four gun-rights organizations, including the National Rifle Association, are suing Seattle and Mayor Greg Nickels over a new ban on guns in city parks, the Seattle Times reports. They were joined by five individuals, including two Department of Corrections workers who say they need to carry their personal weapons in city parks to protect themselves against criminals.
“The city is acting illegally in putting a ban into effect,” said Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation. “Lots of people in Seattle need firearms for self-protection.” Nickels says the ban is intended to protect children and applies to city playgrounds, community centers, sports fields, swimming pools, and water-play areas. People with guns at those facilities will be asked to leave. Those who don’t leave could could be cited or arrested for criminal trespass. Nickels argues that state law does not prohibit a property owner from imposing conditions on possessing firearms on his or her property.