Gregory J. Nickels (former Mayor)
SUBJECT: Mayor Greg Nickels' statement on U.S. Supreme Court ruling
6/26/2008 12:20:00 PM
Mayor Greg Nickels' statement on U.S. Supreme Court ruling
District of Columbia v. Heller
The Supreme Courts majority opinion explicitly recognizes the need for common-sense gun laws in our city and in our state. Today's ruling reaffirms our reasonable efforts in Seattle to make our citizens safer. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote specifically that the Court's opinion is not meant to restrict laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places, such as schools and government buildings. In Seattle, we are in the process of re-examining our policies at city properties. We have a responsibility to ensure public safety at all our facilities, including parks, community centers and events.