The council committee will hold a special meeting on July 18 to discuss the repeal of the gun storage law

A special Edmonds City Council committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 18 at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the repeal of the city’s hotly contested gun storage and unauthorized use ordinance, which has been invalidated by the courts.

The issue was to be considered by the council’s public safety, planning, social services and staff committee at its regularly scheduled July 12 meeting, but the committee ran out of time to discuss it.

Proposed by then City Council President Mike Nelson in July 2018, Ordinance 4120 was later signed into law by a 5-to-1 vote of council. The passing of the ordinance set the stage for a flurry of lawsuits, rulings and appeals pitting gun rights advocates against the city. Opponents argued the ordinance was illegal, in that it violated Washington State’s pre-emption law (RCW 9.41.290), which gives the state exclusive authority over firearm regulation. statewide fire.

In a unanimous decision in April 2022, the Washington State Supreme Court denied the city’s motion to overturn last year’s Court of Appeals decision that effectively struck down the order.

Also on the agenda is another issue that was discussed last week, but no decision was made – a proposal submitted by Board Chair Vivian Olson to change the job description of the public information officer “to limit/prohibit…participation in the preparation of opinion-based commentary”. After a lengthy discussion of the matter, Council member Susan Paine proposed that the committee keep the proposal on the agenda “one more month for review”.

Committee meetings are working sessions for Board members and staff, with no public commentary. Those wishing to attend this meeting virtually instead of participating in person can click or paste the following Zoom meeting link into a web browser using a computer or smartphone: https://zoom.us /j/95798484261. Or join us by phone: US: +1 253 215 8782 Webinar ID: 957 9848 4261

Staff and Board members are attending committee meetings virtually, and members of the public are encouraged to attend in the same way.
If members of the public cannot access virtual committee meetings with their personal devices, a monitor is provided to attend in person at the City Council Conference Room at 121 5th Ave. N., Edmonds.

You can view the full special meeting agenda here.

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