Chapter 9A.24
FIREARMS AND DANGEROUS WEAPONS

Sections:

9A.24.010    TERMS DEFINED.

9A.24.020    CARRYING PISTOL.

9A.24.030    EXCEPTION.

9A.24.040    ISSUANCE OF LICENSES TO CARRY.

9A.24.050    DELIVERY TO MINORS AND OTHERS FORBIDDEN.

9A.24.060    SALES REGULATED - APPLICATION TO PURCHASE - GROUNDS FOR DENIAL.

9A.24.070    EXEMPTIONS.

9A.24.080    DENIAL OF APPLICATION - APPEAL.

9A.24.090    FORFEITURE OF FIREARMS, ORDER BY COURTS - RETURN TO OWNER - CONFISCATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.

9A.24.100    DEALER’S LICENSES, BY WHOM GRANTED AND CONDITION THEREOF - WHOLESALE SALES EXCEPTED - PERMITS PROHIBITED.

9A.24.110    CERTAIN TRANSFERS FORBIDDEN.

9A.24.120    FALSE INFORMATION FORBIDDEN.

9A.24.130    ALTERATION OF IDENTIFYING MARKS PROHIBITED.

9A.24.140    EXCEPTIONS.

9A.24.150    ALIEN’S LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARMS - EXCEPTION.

9A.24.160    AIMING OR DISCHARGING FIREARMS, OR DISCHARGING EXPLOSIVES PROHIBITED - PENALTY - EXCEPTIONS.

9A.24.170    USE OF FIREARMS BY MINOR.

9A.24.180    DANGEROUS WEAPONS - EVIDENCE.

9A.24.190    DANGEROUS EXHIBITIONS.

9A.24.200    WEAPONS APPARENTLY CAPABLE OF PRODUCING BODILY HARM, CARRYING, EXHIBITING, DISPLAYING OR DRAWING UNLAWFUL - PENALTY - EXCEPTIONS.

9A.24.210    POSSESSING DANGEROUS WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.

9A.24.220    WEAPONS PROHIBITED IN CERTAIN PLACES.

9A.24.010 TERMS DEFINED.

RCW 9.41.010 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full, together with the following:

"Air gun" means the following: air guns, air pistol, air rifle, BB gun and toy guns of any kind or nature when so designed, contrived, modified and used to propel, by compressed air or other gas or spring, any pellet, dart, BB, rock or other hard substance a distance of more than twenty-five (25) feet with sufficient force to break windows or injure persons or animals. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.020 CARRYING PISTOL.

RCW 9.41.050, with the exception of those provisions contained therein for which a violation constitutes a felony crime, is hereby adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.030 EXCEPTION.

RCW 9.41.060 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.040 ISSUANCE OF LICENSES TO CARRY.

RCW 9.41.070 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.050 DELIVERY TO MINORS AND OTHERS FORBIDDEN.

RCW 9.41.080, with the exception of those provisions contained therein for which a violation constitutes a felony crime, is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.060 SALES REGULATED - APPLICATION TO PURCHASE - GROUNDS FOR DENIAL.

RCW 9.41.090 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.070 EXEMPTIONS.

RCW 9.41.093 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.080 DENIAL OF APPLICATION - APPEAL.

RCW 9.41.095 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.090 FORFEITURE OF FIREARMS, ORDER BY COURTS - RETURN TO OWNER - CONFISCATION BY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER.

RCW 9.41.098 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.100 DEALER’S LICENSES, BY WHOM GRANTED AND CONDITION THEREOF - WHOLESALE SALES EXCEPTED - PERMITS PROHIBITED.

RCW 9.41.110 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.110 CERTAIN TRANSFERS FORBIDDEN.

RCW 9.41.120 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.120 FALSE INFORMATION FORBIDDEN.

RCW 9.41.130, with the exception of those provisions contained therein for which a violation constitutes a felony crime, is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.130 ALTERATION OF IDENTIFYING MARKS PROHIBITED.

RCW 9.41.140, with the exception of those provisions contained therein for which a violation constitutes a felony crime, is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.140 EXCEPTIONS.

RCW 9.41.150 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.150 ALIEN’S LICENSE TO CARRY FIREARMS - EXCEPTION.

RCW 9.41.170 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.160 AIMING OR DISCHARGING FIREARMS, OR DISCHARGING EXPLOSIVES PROHIBITED - PENALTY - EXCEPTIONS.

(a)    It is unlawful for any person to:

(1)    Aim any gun, pistol, revolver or other firearm whether loaded or not, at or towards any human being or police animal, or willfully discharge any firearm, air gun, or other weapon, or throw any deadly missile in a public place, or in any place where any person or police animal might be endangered thereby, although no injury results; or

(2)    Fire, discharge, explode or cause to be exploded any object containing gunpowder or other explosive material or fluid, or firecracker in a public place, or in any place where any person or police animal might be endangered thereby.

(b)    Subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to or affect the following:

(1)    The aiming or discharge of any firearm, other weapon or explosive described in subsection (a) of this section by a law enforcement officer engaged in the performance of his or her powers or duties; or

(2)    The aiming or discharge of a firearm, as defined in BMC 9A.24.010, or air gun upon a rifle or pistol firing range which has been issued a business license by the City for such purpose; or

(3)    A firearm or other explosive device described in subsection (a) of this section which is discharged within the City where the person so discharging the same has procured, in addition to any license or permit required under Chapter 70.77 RCW, a written permit issued by the chief of police granting such person permission to discharge such firearm or weapon at the time, place, in the manner and for the purpose the permit was issued. Such permit shall not issue unless and until the chief of police finds as fact that:

A.    Such discharge is essential for the protection of a growing or matured crop;

B.    The applicant has not been convicted in the state, or elsewhere, of a crime of violence nor of moral turpitude;

C.    The applicant has a bona fide current permit from the state or from a department of the United States authorizing the applicant to so protect such crop or crops;

D.    Such discharge can reasonably be accomplished without endangering other persons or property.

Such permits may be annual permits which expire on June 30th of each year and upon the payment of a fee therefor in the sum of three dollars ($3.00), shall be limited to the use of birdshot, shall immediately terminate upon any damage, destruction, or undue hazard to other persons or property, or upon violation of the terms of its issue. A permittee under this chapter violating any condition of such permit, or giving false information in application therefor, shall not again be eligible for a permit. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.170 USE OF FIREARMS BY MINOR.

RCW 9.41.240 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.180 DANGEROUS WEAPONS - EVIDENCE.

RCW 9.41.250 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.190 DANGEROUS EXHIBITIONS.

RCW 9.41.260 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.200 WEAPONS APPARENTLY CAPABLE OF PRODUCING BODILY HARM, CARRYING, EXHIBITING, DISPLAYING OR DRAWING UNLAWFUL - PENALTY - EXCEPTIONS.

RCW 9.41.270 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.210 POSSESSING DANGEROUS WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.

RCW 9.41.280 is adopted by reference as currently enacted and as hereinafter amended from time to time, and shall be given the same force and effect as if set forth herein in full. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)

9A.24.220 WEAPONS PROHIBITED IN CERTAIN PLACES.

(a)    A weapon is defined as follows:

(1)    Any firearm;

(2)    Any dangerous weapon as listed in RCW 9.41.250;

(3)    Any explosive defined in RCW 70.74.010;

(4)    Any devices commonly known as "nun-chu-ka sticks," consisting of two or more lengths of wood, metal, plastic, or similar substance connected with wire, rope or other means;

(5)    Any device commonly known as "throwing stars," which are multipointed, metal objects designed to embed upon impact from any aspect; or

(6)    Any air gun, including any air pistol or air rifle, designed to propel a BB, pellet, or other projectile by the discharge of compressed air, carbon dioxide, or other gas.

(b)    It is unlawful for any person to enter the following places when he knowingly possesses or knowingly has under his control a weapon:

(1)    A courtroom or judge’s chamber, and areas used in connection with court proceedings, including jury rooms, court offices, waiting areas, and corridors adjacent to the above areas used in connection with court proceedings.

(2)    That portion of an establishment classified by the State Liquor Control Board as off-limits to persons under twenty-one (21) years of age.

(c)    Subsection (a) of this section does not apply to:

(1)    Law enforcement personnel; or

(2)    A person engaged in military activities sponsored by the federal or state governments, while engaged in official duties; or

(3)    Security personnel while engaged in official duties; or

(4)    Any person who is involved in a convention, showing, demonstration, lecture, or firearms safety course authorized by school authorities in which the firearms or collectors or instructors are handled or displayed; or

(5)    Any student or employee of a private military academy when on the property of the academy; or

(6)    Any person while the person is participating in a firearms or air gun competition approved by the school or the school district; or

(7)    Any person who has been issued a license under RCW 9.41.070, while picking up or dropping off a student; or

(8)    Any person legally in possession of a firearm or dangerous weapon that is secured within an attended vehicle or concealed from view within a locked unattended vehicle while conducting legitimate business at the school; or

(9)    Any person who is in lawful possession of an unloaded firearm, secured in a vehicle while conducting legitimate business at the school.

(d)    Areas connected with court facilities where weapons are prohibited shall be clearly marked and notices posted at each entrance of the court facility that weapons are prohibited in the restricted areas.

(e)    A stationary locked box shall be provided within the court room building to receive weapons for safekeeping, or the court shall designate an official within the building to receive weapons for safekeeping, during the owner’s visit to restricted areas of the court facility.

(f)    "Weapon-free zone" signs shall be posted around school facilities giving warning of the prohibition of the possession of weapons on school grounds.

(g)    Any person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Ord. 4850 §2 (in part), 2003)