If you carry a gun in Seattle, you better pay attention to the businesses you frequent. Mayor Mike McGinn has partnered with Washington CeaseFire to promote gun-free zones throughout the city.
“We are here to support businesses that do not wish to have guns on their premises,” McGinn said in a statement. “The police department regularly enforces trespass laws when a visitor to a business violates that business’s rules. We will continue to do so, and I thank these businesses for standing up for the safety of their customers.”
Businesses may participate in the program by visiting WashingtonCeaseFire.org, signing the participation pledge, and placing a “Gun-Free Zone” decal in their window, according to local TV station KING 5 News.
Dozens of businesses have already signed up, KING reported.
“I think we’ve all been disappointed that, in the wake of Sandy Hook, nothing got done in Olympia,” Washington CeaseFire Board President Ralph Fascitelli told the TV station. “But what we’re trying to do here today is address the culture of gun violence.”
Washington CeaseFire says gun violence kills more people in King County than motor vehicle accidents, but the King County Medical Examiner’s Office disputes that claim, saying traffic-related deaths top those involving a gun.
The mayor has drawn criticism for his role in the program from Second Amendment advocates who say it will not work.
“To me it’s social bigotry, it’s picking on people who legitimately own firearms and use them for legitimate purposes,” Second Amendment Foundation founder, Alan Gottlieb, said. “The average citizen knows the sticker isn’t going to stop a bullet, a bullet’s going to go right through the sticker if you have a bad guy on the street.”
Watch the report here via KING 5 News:
H/T: CNS News