Washington judge tosses NRA lawsuit over gun-storage law

SEATTLE (AP) – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the National Rifle Association against Seattle’s new gun-storage law.

The Seattle Times reports King County Superior Court Judge Barbara Linde ruled Friday, tossing the lawsuit on technical grounds after the city contended the plaintiffs lacked standing and noted the law had yet to take effect.

The law passed in July says a gun owner can be fined up to $500 if a firearm isn’t locked up, up to $1,000 if a minor, “at-risk person” or unauthorized user accesses the weapon and up to $10,000 if someone uses it to commit harm or a crime.

The NRA with the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and two Seattle residents claimed in the lawsuit that the storage requirements violated Washington state law, which prohibits cities from regulating guns.

Second Amendment Foundation officials said they will continue the litigation.