A couple of years ago I stood up for the rights of gun owners after South King Fire & Rescue commissioner Jim Fossos made a big deal about guns being banned at the public meetings. He even got Chief Church to declare it to be true.

Of course, they were wrong.

Even their attorney tried to bully the public when he cited Cherry v City of Seattle to bolster their position. Cherry v Seattle correctly states employers may dictate firearms policy for employees. However, much the surprise of the fire departments attorney, chief and commissioners, they can NOT dictate to members of the public. So the chief, commissioners and the attorney are prohibited from carrying according to district policy in place as of this writing.

As much as they would like to restrict your rights, the fire department is not on the list of exemption.

Concerned that a member of the public would be illegally harassed, I took action.

The district has used bully tactics in the past. Notably when they illegally forced a citizen to stop video recording their open public meetings. This was corrected a month later when they ‘changed their policy’ to align with state law. That lead to a Cheer and Jeer for the year, and a state award for Andy Hobbs for best short story of 2011.

With some help from Nick Smith, a few of his Open Carry Washington friends, and a hastily called Special Meeting with police guard ‘in case needed’, the record was quickly set right.

And I was immediately branded “a potentially disruptive participant who has been known to carry an unconcealed gun”. (Lies from the gitgo, but if you can get enough people to believe…)

Now Commissioner Fossos is making more wild and false claims to officials in Olympia about me.

His paranoia railings raised enough fear that Andrea Doyle, Executive Director for the Public Disclosure Commission who, solely on the unconfirmed rant of one man, took the exemplary measure in making sure the state patrol has me on their list.

Ms. Doyle rushed through a contract with the Washington State Patrol to have a trooper guard the meeting, costing taxpayers 2 hours overtime, plus travel.

Read more about this saga on a blog written by a local firearms lawyer Mark Knapp


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