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Local businesses pledge to go gun-free


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SEATTLE — Local businesses are taking the pledge to stay gun free in the face of what one organization calls devastating gun violence.

Mayor Mike McGinn, Washington CeaseFire, and dozens of local businesses announced the launch of a new program designed to help local businesses become “Gun Free Zones.” The program increases the number “Gun Free Zones” around the city. Once signing a petition, participating businesses will place a “Gun Free Zone” decal sticker in their business, banning all customers from carrying a weapon — even with a valid concealed carry permit — into the store.

Neumos, Oddfellows, Elliot Bay Books, Cupcake Royale and Cafe Racer are just a few of the businesses signed up to participate so far.

“We’re making a statement as a community,” said Washington CeaseFire Board President Ralph Fascitelli. “We know this won’t stop someone determined to cause violence, but we hope that standing together and giving businesses a tool to say no to guns will change the conversation around gun violence.”

According to CeaseFire Washington, more people die from gun violence in King County each year than die in motor vehicle collisions. The estimated annual cost between 2007 and 2011 from firearms violence was $177 million.

Mayor McGinn said the city’s police force will enforce trespass laws if a gun-toting citizen enters a gun-free store.

“We are here to support businesses that do not wish to have guns on their premises,” McGinn said.

Washington CeaseFire is a statewide non-profit organization started in 1983.


24 Comments to “Local businesses pledge to go gun-free”

    Joe said:
    August 19, 2013 at 6:20 AM

    Turns out that the bus shooter was a criminal with records stacked up to his head, used an illegal gun and used it illegally. Gun free zones do not matter to evil criminals, they have a proclivity to break the law and turn others into helpless victims.

    Commonsense said:
    August 19, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    This is the dummest thing ever, criminals don't care about some stupid sign. The only thing that would stop them and protect the innocent is a law abiding citizen carrying a firearm. Police are for cleaning up the aftermath. People are fools, it's not the gun that is violent duh.

      Ralph said:
      August 19, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      Another movie matinee fantasy of yours.

    joe said:
    August 19, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    This is the same crowd that prays to Obama.

      Kit said:
      August 19, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      Joe, another dumb statement fro you. You make Republicans look bad.

    will said:
    August 19, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Wont be spending my money at any of these businesses.

      Willy said:
      August 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

      Who cares?

    mike said:
    August 19, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    31000 gun deaths in king county last year that's 84.9 a day where did that fact come from

    Mike Galmukoff said:
    August 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    "Gun Free Zone". When has a BAD GUY WITH A GUN ever been stopped by such a naive' action?
    I've never seen such a group of puerile politicians, and business owners as these!
    They should feel embarrassed by such a thing!

    Don said:
    August 19, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    I will never step in a place that will not allow me to protect my family and myself. These businesses will lose a lot of money for having these stickers in the windows of their business.

      Skip said:
      August 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM

      or the opposite could happen and they make more money.

    quackula said:
    August 19, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    This will keep the criminals in check. NOT!

    joe said:
    August 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    There was a sign on the bus that said gun free zone.

    Gimmer said:
    August 19, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Nothing new here. Businesses have always had this power; private business owners can allow/dis-allow firearms, other tools/objects, and destructive/unlawful behavior, on their property/space. If you are asked to leave, on trespassing grounds, then you leave.

    Follow your proclivities, patronize who you will. Don't add to the drama; leave that to WCF.

    Jeff said:
    August 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Good job making more helpless victims Seattle! Why d

    Jeff said:
    August 19, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Good job making more helpless victims Seattle! Why don’t you leave the decisions that matter to the people you are supposedly trying to protect.

    Becky Bixby said:
    August 19, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    This reminds me exactly of this "Gun Free Zone" sticker video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0vyxgJLJVA

    joe said:
    August 19, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    They can go without guns, let guys like the Bus shooter have the vote in his hand to determine the destiny of his victims, I elect to have a vote in my own life and keep the power close at hand.

      Ralph said:
      August 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      You're just another looney – like Martin A. Duckworth.

    Matt said:
    August 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Can’t say as I go Seattle much. But if I do I carry a gun, to much violence in big cities these days. That sign means that the bad guys know no one there has a gun, just like the Colorado shooter. Easy pickings and I kinda voted democratic last election so it’s not political.

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