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WHEREAS, in 2012, the Washington State Division One Court of Appeals recognized <br />the potential for liability in a negligence action when a firearm owner allows an individual who <br />may be at -risk of misusing a weapon to have access to that weapon while in the weapon -owner's <br />home; and <br />WHEREAS, the Legislature of the State of Washington has expressed a public policy that <br />third -parties should avoid allowing firearms to come into the possession of persons who would <br />be ineligible to obtain such weapons under RCW 9.41.040, including minors in most <br />circumstances; and <br />WHEREAS the people of the State of Washington enacted by initiative the "Extreme <br />Risk Protection Order Act," now RCW Chapter 7.94, allowing family, household members, and <br />law enforcement to petition a court to remove firearms from at -risk individuals; and <br />WHEREAS the City of Edmonds recognizes the grave harm that could occur when an <br />unlocked firearm is used by someone other than the firearm's rightful owner, such as when an <br />unlocked firearm is stolen and used by a third -party to perpetrate a crime; NOW, THEREFORE, <br />THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF EDMONDS, WASHINGTON, DO ORDAIN <br />AS FOLLOWS: <br />Section 1. A new Chapter 5.26 is added to the Edmonds City Code as follows: <br />Chapter 5.26 STORAGE OF FIREARMS <br />5.26.010 Definitions <br />For purposes of this Chapter 5.26, the following definitions apply: <br />A. "At -risk person" means any person who has made statements or exhibited behavior <br />that indicates to a reasonable person there is a likelihood that the person is at risk of <br />attempting suicide or causing physical harm to oneself or others. <br />B. "Firearm" means a weapon or device from which a projectile or projectiles may be <br />fired by an explosive such as gunpowder, including but not limited to any machine gun, <br />pistol, rifle, short -barreled rifle, short -barreled shotgun, or shotgun as those terms are <br />defined in RCW 9.41.010. "Firearm" does not include a flare gun or other pyrotechnic <br />2 <br />