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Man files gun lawsuit against Seattle

SEATTLE — A Seattle man who took a gun into a Seattle community center to challenge the city's ban on guns in city parks filed a lawsuit Friday against the city and Mayor Greg Nickels.

Bob Warden, 44, an attorney, said the right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Second Amendment and that states and local governments cannot ban the carrying of handguns for self-defense. Warden said he's had a concealed-weapons permit since the early 1990s and is a certified pistol instructor.

He carried his Glock pistol into the Southwest Community Center — run by Seattle Parks and Recreation — on Nov. 14 and immediately was asked to leave, which he did. But he vowed to file a lawsuit over a new ban on carrying guns in certain park facilities.

The ban went into effect in October, and since then the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights organizations and individuals have filed suit against the city.

But Warden said those plaintiffs might not have standing because they haven't been denied admission to a city facility.

Nickels argues state law does not prohibit a property owner from imposing conditions on the possession of firearms on his or her property.

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