Seattle Wants Gun Shops and Ranges to Have Warning Labels

King County proposes signs warning of suicide, domestic violence, and accidental shootings

Published Friday, September 21, 2018 4:00 pm

Gun Shop Warning Sign

King County Washington, which includes Seattle, now has legislation proposed compelling gun shops and gun ranges to display signs warning that ownership of guns leads to suicides, domestic violence, and accidental shootings with children involved. The county's Board of Health heard comments from the public Thursday afternoon on the proposal at the King County Courthouse and are expected to present their findings and recommendations to the county.

King County Councilman Joe McDermott introduced the legislation as one piece of a five-part plan the legislature is pursuing to address gun violence in the county.

The other four pieces of the gun violence reduction plan included a focus on forcing the King County Sheriff’s Office to destroy the weapons they confiscated and creating a workgroup to produce gun safety and gun violence prevention programs.

This proposal will eventually go before the King County Council for a vote. The King County Board of Health will decide before then whether to endorse the measure requiring gun shops and ranges to post warning signs.