Judge Says Seattle Gun Ban Constitutional - News Story - KIRO Seattle
Judge Says Seattle Gun Ban Constitutional
Posted: 12:13 pm PST March 12,2010
SEATTLE -- A federal judge has ruled that Seattle's ban on firearms in city parks and community centers is constitutional.
U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman ruled Thursday that the city of Seattle was within its rights to enact the gun ban.
Pechman says the Second Amendment constrains the actions of Congress, not cities and states.
Pechman's decision follows a King County Superior Court ruling last week that came to the opposite conclusion, saying the city rule cannot be enforced.
A Kent man challenged the city's firearms ban by carrying a weapon into the Southwest Community Center last year. He was asked to leave. There are no criminal or other penalties under the city's gun ban.