Appeals Court Shoots Down City’s Park Gun Ban

In a move sure to be marked by celebratory gunfire, a state appeals court has reaffirmed a lower court ruling against the city’s ban on guns in parks.

According to today’s ruling, issued by the Court of Appeals of Washington State, “municipalities are prohibited from regulating the possession of firearms at city-owned park facilities open to the public,” unless authorized by the state legislature.

The ban—initially enacted by then-Mayor Greg Nickels following a shooting at the Folklife festival at Seattle Center in 2008—barred firearms at city-owned parks, community centers, and beaches “frequented by children.”

Gun activists filed a lawsuit, which led a King County Superior Court judge  to rule against the city last year.

Kimberly Mills, spokeswoman for City Attorney Pete Holmes says her office has not decided whether to appeal the ruling with a higher court.

We have a call in to Mayor Mike McGinn’s office for comment on the ruling.