Mayor Nickels 'setting stage for legal slap down'

Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman in his Sept. 21 column on examiner.com blisters Seattle Mayor Greg Nickles for being "a masochist, yearning not only to be remembered as the mayor whose reign was called because of snow, but the man who also turned political defeat into public humiliation by opening the door to a lawsuit he - and in his wake, the city he should have served instead of trying to run - will certainly lose."

Workman is referring to the ousted mayor's last-ditch attempt to reimpose a gun ban in the city's park and recreation properties.

As Workman notes in his column, Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue, "just across Lake Washington from Seattle" is "poised to file a lawsuit -- and he's got an impressive track record. Twice SAF has sued the city of San Francisco over gun bans - the second time in partnership with the National Rifle Association, Law Enforcement Alliance of America and other plaintiffs, the first time back in the 1980s all on its own - and won both times. SAF has forced Washington, D.C. to revise its handgun policies now that its gun ban has been stricken by the U.S. Supreme Court, and SAF is currently suing the City of Chicago over a handgun ban, a case that could end up before the high court."

Also:

-- State AG: Nickels proposed gun ban against the law; http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/archives/179670.asp