Chapter 9.10
FIREARMS AND DANGEROUS WEAPONS

Sections:

9.10.010    Disposition of firearms.

9.10.020    Unlawful use of air guns – Penalty.

9.10.030    Discharge of firearms prohibited.

9.10.040    Weapons prohibited on liquor sale premises.

9.10.050    Dangerous weapons – Use, possession, concealing, sales, manufacture.

9.10.010 Disposition of firearms.

A. Except as provided in subsection C of this section, all firearms which are or have been either (1) judicially forfeited to the City after June 30, 1993, and no longer needed for evidence, or (2) forfeited to the City after June 30, 1993, due to a failure to make a claim under RCW 63.32.010 or 63.42.010, may be either retained by the police department for official use or be destroyed. The Police Chief is authorized and directed to either arrange for the destruction of the firearms, or retain the same for official use.

B. Except for those firearms described in subsection C of this section, all firearms which were (1) judicially forfeited to the City on or before June 30, 1993, and no longer needed for evidence, or (2) forfeited to the City on or before June 30, 1993, due to a failure to make a claim under RCW 63.32.010 or 63.42.010, shall be disposed of by destruction, in the case of illegal firearms, or by trade or auction in the case of all other firearms, as provided in RCW 9.41.098.

C. Antique firearms as defined by RCW 9.41.150 and firearms recognized as curios, relics, and firearms of particular historical significance by the United State Treasury Department Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms are exempt from destruction and shall be disposed of by auction or trade to commercial sellers. (Ord. 2584 § 1, 2010; Ord. 2026 § 1, 1994. Formerly 9.10.015).

9.10.020 Unlawful use of air guns – Penalty.

A. It is unlawful for any person to point or shoot an air gun at any person or property of another, or to aim or discharge such weapon in the direction of the person or residence of another, while within such range as to cause or inflict injury to the person or damage the property of another.

B. As used in this section, the words “air gun” mean and include the following: air gun, air pistol, air rifle, BB gun and toy or other guns of any kind or nature when so designed, contrived, modified and used to propel, by compressed air or spring-loaded plunger, any pellet, dart, hard-tipped arrow, bean, pea, BB, rock or other hard substance a distance of more than 25 feet with sufficient force to break windows or inflict injury upon persons or animals.

C. Any person convicted of a violation of the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, in addition to any other punishment imposed by the court, the court shall direct that the weapon so used in violation of the provisions hereof be confiscated. (Ord. 2584 § 1, 2010; Ord. 1664 § 2, 1985).

9.10.030 Discharge of firearms prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm in the City of Issaquah except upon a rifle or pistol firing range which has been issued a business license by the City for such purpose; provided, that this prohibition does not apply to the discharge of firearms by law enforcement officers engaged in the performance of their official powers or duties. (Ord. 2584 § 1, 2010; Ord. 1664 § 2, 1985).

9.10.040 Weapons prohibited on liquor sale premises.

A. It shall be unlawful for anyone on or in any premises in the City where alcoholic beverages are dispensed by the drink to:

1. Carry any knife, sword, dagger or other cutting or stabbing instrument, with a blade of a length of 3 inches or more, or any razor with an unguarded blade, whether said weapon or instrument is concealed or not;

2. Carry any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as a slingshot, taser, throwing star, bow, sand club, blackjack, metal knuckles, or any stick, chain, metal pipe, bar, club or combination thereof including a device known as num-chuk sticks, or any like device having the same or similar components or parts, whether or not connected by a rope, chain or other device, or any explosive or any poison or injurious gas, or any other instrument or weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm, except firearms, whether said instrument or weapon is concealed or not. Possession of firearms is regulated by state law, Chapter 9.41 RCW.

B. Exceptions. The above shall not apply to or affect the following:

1. Any lawful act committed by a person while in his fixed place of business;

2. Any person who, by virtue of his office or public employment, is vested by law with a duty to preserve public safety, maintain public order, or to make arrests for offenses, whether during regular duty hours or not;

3. Any person making or assisting in making a lawful arrest for the commission of a felony;

4. Any area primarily designated for the service of prepared foods and commonly referred to as a restaurant, whether alcoholic beverages are served or not.

C. 1. Warnings Signs Required. Signs, informing the public of the prohibitions contained in this chapter, shall be conspicuously posted at all internal and external entrances to any area wherein the carrying of said weapons or instruments are prohibited.

2. Said signs shall be provided by the City to all affected places of business, and shall bear the following inscription:

WARNING - WEAPONS PROHIBITED: It shall be unlawful for any person, other than a commissioned law enforcement officer, to enter onto this premises while carrying any of the following weapons or instruments, whether a license or permit to carry said weapon is possessed or not, and whether said weapon or instrument is concealed or not: knife, sword, dagger or any other cutting or stabbing instrument, having a blade longer than three inches (3"); or any razor with an unguarded blade; or any explosive; or any poison or injurious gas; or any sling shot, taser, throwing star, bow, sand club, blackjack, metal knuckles, stick, chain, metal pipe, bar, club or combination thereof, including a device known as “num-chuk” sticks, or any like device having the same or similar components or parts; or any weapon or instrument, except firearms, apparently capable of producing bodily harm. Issaquah Municipal Code 9.10.040.

D. Upon conviction, the weapon or instrument involved may be confiscated by order of the presiding judge, and shall thereafter be disposed of in accordance with statutes or ordinances governing the disposal of confiscated or found property. (Ord. 2584 § 1, 2010; Ord. 1664 § 2, 1985).

9.10.050 Dangerous weapons – Use, possession, concealing, sales, manufacture.

A. It is unlawful for a person knowingly to:

1. Manufacture, sell, possess, purchase or carry any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as a blackjack, slingshot, sand club, metal knuckles, chako sticks, nunchuka, throwing stars, clubs or other similar instruments which are designed or constructed to inflict bodily injury or property damage;

2. Manufacture, sell, possess, purchase or carry any spring blade knife, balisong 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; or

3. Furtively carry with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, or other dangerous weapon, which is not a firearm.

B. Exemptions. Subsection A of this section shall not apply to the following:

1. The possession of a nunchuka, throwing star or other martial arts weapon on the premises of a school which holds a business license and teaches the arts of self-defense; and

2. The manufacture of a nunchuka, throwing star, or other martial arts weapon for sale to, or the sale of a nunchuka, throwing star, or other martial arts weapon to a school which holds a business license and teaches the arts of self-defense.

C. Penalty. Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a maximum fine of $5,000 or 1 year imprisonment or both. (Ord. 2584 § 1, 2010; Ord. 1848 § 2, 1990).