Seattle asks Wash. high court to review gun ban

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The city of Seattle is asking the Washington Supreme Court to determine whether municipalities can ban people from carrying guns in local parks and community centers where children gather.

Seattle instituted its ban in 2009. Several individuals with concealed weapons permits challenged the ban, and a King County Superior Court judge struck down the ban as preempted by state law governing firearms regulation.

That decision was upheld by a state appeals court panel on Oct. 31.

The city argues that both the appeals court and the judge got it wrong. City Attorney Pete Holmes says everyone in the state should be alarmed that state law has been interpreted to prohibit such reasonable gun laws.

The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation has said it is confident that the ban is unlawful.