Gun Fight

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee October 28, 2009

The ongoing squabble between mayoral candidates Mike McGinn and Joe Mallahan over the gun ban continues. McGinn's volunteer armada just sent out a release, calling for Mallahan to drop his opposition to Mayor Greg Nickels' quixotic fight to ban guns from Seattle parks.

From the release:

"My opponent does not support the gun ban, saying that it could cost our city 'hundreds of thousands of dollars' to defend the ban in court," said McGinn. The City of Seattle announced today that the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe will be defending the City against a lawsuit filed by the NRA and others, challenging the gun ban. The law firm "has agreed to defend the policy on a pro bono basis," reported West Seattle Blog. "Now that the city does not have to pay legal costs, will Joe Mallahan defend the gun ban if elected, or will he side with the NRA which is suing for its repeal?" "It makes no sense for guns to be carried in our city's parks, pools and community centers. I fully support the ban and call on my opponent to reconsider his opposition to a policy that makes our public places safer for everyone," said McGinn.


It'll be interesting to see how Mallahan responds. From a philosophical standpoint, banning guns from places where kids play is a worthwhile concept. But even if Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is able to pull out a crazy, precedent setting win (which would undoubtedly be endlessly appealed), the ban is still fairly impractical, like that unenforced 25-foot smoking ban rule (remember that?).

More as this unfolds.

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