SEATTLE (CBS Seattle) – Since the “Gun Free Zone” program launched in August, over 100 Seattle businesses have signed up to participate in the program.

A “Gun Free Zone” decal has been placed in a window of a participating business and a person who violates the rule could be considered to be a trepasser.

“In the face of inaction at the federal level on gun control laws, in the face of inaction at the state level on gun control laws, this is an opportunity for businesses, individuals in a community, to take action themselves,” Mayor Mike McGinn said at a news conference according to

“Thank you to these businesses for partnering with Washington CeaseFire to change the culture of gun violence in our city,” McGinn added.

Washington CeaseFire, an organization founded in 1983 by citizens who were directly affected by gun violence, is one of the creators of the “Gun Free Zone” program.

Other cities and states have inquired about how to launch their own program McGinn and Washington CeaseFire President Ralph Fascitelli have stated.

“We’re making a statement as a community” Faciatelli said on the group’s website. “We know this won’t stop someone determined to cause violence, but we hope that standing together and giving businesses a tool to say no to guns will change the conversation around gun violence. Maybe our message will even make it to Olympia – we need better tools now to stop gun violence in our community.”

A full list of participating businesses can be found at

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