My name is Dean Fxxxxx. I live in Auburn. Iâ€™ve come before you to inform you that the Portâ€™s rule against the legal possession of guns in the non-sterile public areas of SeaTac Airport is illegal and cannot and must not be enforced.
It is a violation of the Stateâ€™s firearms preemption statute. It is also a violation of federal law, the Firearms Owners Protection Act of 1986.
Your general counselâ€™s office will tell you, because of technicalities, that state preemption does not apply to the Portâ€™s rules.
These technicalities are based on very slippery pretexts â€“ pretexts which will likely fail if subject to the proper venue.
The state Attorney General has recently issued an opinion that rules such as The Portâ€™s are illegal and cannot be enforced. The attorney general also specifically addressed using trespass law to prosecute people with guns, and also found that method of enforcement to be against state law.
I have no particular burning desire to carry a gun in the non-sterile areas of the airport.
I DO have a burning desire to see that public officials obey the law. Iâ€™m very concerned that enforcement of this rule may subject The Port and its employees to expensive false arrest lawsuits. This is a violation of your fiduciary responsibilities. I ask you to repeal this rule as soon as is possible, and to direct the Port Police to suspend enforcement of the rule until it is repealed. I will be sending each of you a letter expanding on the depth and detail of my remarks.