Mandatory gun storage laws have been around for a while and gun grabbers have been pushing for them for even longer, this style of gun law may soon be facing its end as the Washington State Supreme Court looks to review the controversial laws.
Gun storage laws require that guns owners lock up their firearms while they are not in immediate control of them. This could mean that the firearm is either in a safe or has a lock on it, regardless of how it is locked up it needs to be locked up according to these laws.
Gun control advocates claim that this is to secure the firearm from children and persons who are not allowed to own firearms. Many 2A advocated argue that these laws are frivolous and have no proven track record when it comes to preventing those who should not be handling firearms from handling them.
As for the law that is under review; Edmond, Washington, a suburb in Washington state, pass a ordinance in 2018 that mandated the storage of firearms. 2A advocated are claiming that the ordinance violated Washington State’s preemption statute. The preemption statute gives authority over gun regulation in the state entirely to the legislature, this means that localities such as Edmonds have no say in matters related to guns.
The Appeals Court in Washington found that the laws passed by Edmonds do in fact violate to the preemption statute. The Appeals Court also allowed the plaintiffs to continue their suit against the city.
It is not unreasonable to think that gun storage laws may be defeated in Washington if the plaintiffs win their case in the Washington Supreme Court.