Seattle official to propose legislation requiring people to lock up their guns

A council member in Seattle plans to introduce legislation to require people to lock up their guns.

The legislation is still being drafted, KOMO News reported.

“It will require those individuals to secure, lock up their guns,” council member Lorena Gonzalez (D) said.

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“We’re still exploring all of the contours and fine points of what the legislation could look like.”

Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) said she supports the proposal that is being drafted.

“Any responsible gun owner knows they should keep their weapon locked,” Durkan said during a news conference.

Durkan added that in Washington state, a child or teenager under the age of 17 is killed by gunfire every nine days.

“Our country, our city and our county are in the grips of a public safety and public health crisis of gun violence,” Durkan said.

The proposal comes after a gunman opened fire last month at a high school in Florida, killing 17 people.
 
Since the Florida shooting, gun control has become a central issue in the U.S. Students have been leading the charge, demanding that lawmakers pass new gun laws to keep their schools safe.
 
Officials in cities and states across the country have been discussing legislation to prevent gun violence.
 

The Trump administration earlier this month unveiled a series of proposals on school safety and gun restrictions, including a push for states to provide firearms training for school staff members. The proposal to arm teachers has been met with backlash.