Chapter 9.12


9.12.010    Public meeting defined.

9.12.020    Weapons prohibited at public meetings.

9.12.030    Surrender of weapons at public meeting.

9.12.040    Persons excepted from provisions.

9.12.010 Public meeting defined.

“Public meeting” is defined for purposes of this chapter as a place, public or quasi-public, or place of public accommodation as defined in the 1965 Civil Rights Act of the United States Congress, occupied by two or more persons within the confines of the city. (Ord. 1444 § 1, 2012).

9.12.020 Weapons prohibited at public meetings.

Every person who carries upon his person or in his hand or hands, concealed or otherwise, any weapon consisting of any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as slingshot, sand club, or metal knuckles, or spring blade knife, or any knife the blade of which is automatically released by a spring mechanism or other mechanical device, or any knife having a blade which opens, or falls, or is ejected into position by the force of gravity or by an outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement, any stun gun or “tazer,” or any instrument by the use of which injury could be inflicted upon the person or property of another, at any public meeting within the city, shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor. In addition to any penalty imposed, the dangerous weapon shall be subject to forfeiture by the court. (Ord. 1444 § 1, 2012).

9.12.030 Surrender of weapons at public meeting.

BLMC 9.12.020 shall not apply to any person who, upon entering the place or facility where the public meeting is held or to be held, directly and promptly proceeds to the administrator of the facility or the administrator’s designee and obtains written permission to possess the weapon while on the premises or checks his or her weapon. The person may reclaim the weapon upon leaving but must immediately and directly depart from the place or facility. (Ord. 1444 § 1, 2012).

9.12.040 Persons excepted from provisions.

This chapter does not apply to:

A. A person engaged in military activities sponsored by the federal or state government, while engaged in official duties;

B. Law enforcement personnel; or

C. Security personnel while engaged in official duties. (Ord. 1444 § 1, 2012).