Mill Creek joins list of cities to end parks gun ban

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MillCreekSNOHOMISH COUNTY — Mill Creek has joined a list of cities around the state ending a prohibition of guns in city parks following the court’s decision to overturn a Seattle law banning guns in parks and community centers, the Everett Herald reported.

The Mill Creek City Council ended the ban earlier this month following a vote that garnered little comment from either side of the debate, the Herald reported. The action was spurred following a letter sent by the leader of the Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue, Alan Gottlieb, to Mill Creek’s city attorney saying the city should remove the ban or face legal action.

Gottlieb led the charge in fighting a 2009 gun ban in Seattle parks. Ultimately, the ban was ruled unconstitutional when the state Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the city challenging earlier rulings that overturned the ban.

Gottlieb told the Herald he was “happy” Mill Creek’s ban was removed, and he would like to see other cities in the area follow suit. Currently, there are 25 cities and counties that ban guns in public park, and Gottlieb hopes those cities won’t need to face action on his group’s behalf.

“It is in the interest of their taxpayers and the gun owners in the city,” Gottlieb told the Herald.

Early this year, Oak Harbor garnered national attention when a city council member commended the struck-down law, saying he felt uncomfortable around individuals with guns and wanted to see them banned from parks and city council meetings.

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7 comments

  • you_lack_reality

    "remove the ban or face legal action: Alan Gottlieb"

    Nice threat. Going to break someones knees with a bat too? Don't you have anything better to do with your life than to childishly threaten and bully people? Get a life, no one needs a weapon in a park. Keep the security blanket at home Linus. I, for one, would escort anyone with a gun away from my family and out of the park. Any individual stupid enough to have a gun in a park is suspicious at best.

    • Publius

      I carry everyday all day. I have a right to keep and bear arms. You have a right to be stupid and unarmed and an easy target to criminals. If you ever tried to “escort” me from a public park because you do no like my gun I would be forced to kick your sorry ass in front of your wife and kids.

    • Damon

      Really guy? You hate an inanimate object so much that you would try to physically attack someone for carrying it? You know what Freud said about that… Word to the wise, don't make threats you can't keep. Because the scenario that you just put on here ends with you getting stuffed into a squad car with a felony assault charge on your record, forever.

  • John Hardin

    It’s sad that it takes the threat of a lawsuit to get a municipality to *obey state law*.

    State preemption was in place for a decade or more when Mill Creek passed their ban in the first place. From day one it was null, void and unenforceable.

    To Anon@5:12 – [sarcasm] You are absolutely correct. Only criminals should have guns in the park. [/sarcasm]

  • JoshT

    DRUG FREE ZONE Signs… How's that working out for you?
    Same logic applied.

    GUN FREE ZONE's are not going to magically make bad guys unable to enter the park.
    It would just make it so no law abiding citizen could also be in the park with their firearm, and use said firearm to protect themselves/family.