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October 24, 4:43 PM click here to comment > 3

Gun Free Zone reaches goal of 100 businesses recruited

Today Mayor Mike McGinn and Washington CeaseFire President Ralph Fascitelli gathered at the Big Picture Theatre to announce that over 100 local businesses have signed up to be part of the recently launched Gun Free Zone program.Mayor Ceasefire 02 copy copy

“This program has become a national model for how to change the conversation on gun violence,” said Fascitelli. “We’ve gotten calls from cities, counties and even other states asking for advice on how to implement their own Gun Free Zone programs. With Mayor McGinn’s support, this creative initiative is gaining national momentum and attention.”

Since the Gun Free Zone program launched in late August, businesses have been signing up at a rate of nearly one per day. A full list of businesses can be found at

“This really shows the strength of our local business community here in Seattle,” said McGinn. “They are standing up together for what they believe in. Thank you to these businesses for partnering with Washington CeaseFire to change the culture of gun violence in our city.”

“We at the Big Picture are proud to partner with the mayor’s office and Washington Ceasefire in reducing gun violence. We believe the Gun Free Zone is an innovative and important front line program for businesses of all types to help stop the violence in our community” said Mark Stern, Co-Founder of the Big Picture Theatre.

Posted by: Words: April Thomas, Pictures: Jen Nance


Comment from Gregg
Time October 26, 2013 at 10:00 am

I want to thank Mayor McGinn for his “Gun Free Zone” initiative. I feel much safer knowing that criminals will be thwarted in their efforts to commit crime. Just imagine if this initiative would have been in around at the time of the Café Racer shooting. Instead of the insane psychopath marching into the coffee shop unimpeded, he would have read the sign that clearly defined the shop as a “Gun Free Zone” and he would have been compelled to drop his head, put away his weapon and walk away.

Wait. Maybe the insane psychopath would know that law abiding customers who had legitimate conceal carry licenses would have left their guns locked up at home and that the patrons of Café Racer would be unarmed. What a perfect place for an insane psychopath – a place where no one could defend themselves. Gosh. Maybe this isn’t such a good idea after all.

Comment from Daniel
Time October 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Thanks Mayor, for making Seattle Businesses places I Do Not Want to Do Business. I’ll save money not driving to Seattle as often.

Comment from David Snyder
Time November 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm

If I were to be somewhere where I couldn’t defend myself and family, and some idiot criminal (they don’t adhere to signs), harmed us, I would sue the City, the BUSINESS, Cease Fire AND the individual PERSONS responsible for such an unsafe policy/law. That being said, I will NEVER do business with such moronic fools.