Seattle Mayor McGinn launches "Gun Free Zone" campaign to push businesses to ban concealed handgun permits from premises
Can the mayor understand the difference between criminals shooting others and concealed handgun permit holders? Will a sign in front of the shop stop one gang member from shooting another gang member there?
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is partnering with Washington CeaseFire to launch a new program designed to help local businesses become “Gun Free Zones.”
Businesses will be able to opt into the program by visiting www.washingtonceasefire.org, signing the pledge to participate, and placing a “Gun Free Zone” decal in their window.
“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.”
Dozens of businesses, including Neumos, Oddfellows, Elliott Bay Books, Cupcake Royale and Café Racer have reportedly signed up to participate.
"I think we've all been disappointed that, in the wake of Sandy Hook, nothing got done in Olympia, But what we're trying to do here today is address the culture of gun violence," said Washington CeaseFire Board President Ralph Fascitelli.
Washington CeaseFire says in King County alone, more people die every year from gun violence than from motor vehicle collisions, and between 2007 and 2011, the estimated annual cost of firearms deaths and hospitalizations in King County was $177 million. . . . .