Chapter 9A.14FIREARMS, DANGEROUS WEAPONS, EXPLOSIVES

Sections:

9A.14.005
Definitions.
9A.14.010
Weapons Apparently Capable of Producing Bodily Harm - Carrying, Exhibiting, Displaying or Drawing Unlawful - Exhibitions.
9A.14.020
Weapons - Intoxicated Persons - Places Where Liquor Consumed.
9A.14.030
Discharge of Firearms in City Prohibited.
9A.14.040
Defenses.
9A.14.005Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall control:

“Chako sticks” are defined as an instrument consisting of two or more sticks, clubs, bars or rods to be used as handles, connected by rope, cord, wire or chain in the design of a weapon used in connection with the practice of a system of self-defense, such as karate.

“Firearm” means a weapon or device from which a projectile or projectiles may be fired by an explosive such as gunpowder.

“Pistol” and “rifle” shall include but are not limited to pellet guns, B-B guns, air-propelled guns and similar devices.

“Throwing stars” are defined as an instrument consisting of a metal plate having three or more radiating points with one or more sharp edges and designed in the shape of a polygon, trefoil, cross, star, diamond, or other geometric shape for use as a weapon. (Ord. 566 § 3 (part), 2013.)

9A.14.010Weapons Apparently Capable of Producing Bodily Harm - Carrying, Exhibiting, Displaying or Drawing Unlawful - Exhibitions.

A. It is unlawful for anyone to carry, exhibit, display or draw any pistol, rifle, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club or any other weapon that appears to be capable of producing bodily harm, in a manner, under circumstances, and at a time and place that either manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons. It is also unlawful, except as provided herein, for any person to possess or have within an area of dominion and control throwing stars and chako sticks.

B. Any person violating the provisions of subsection A shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor. (Ord. 566 § 1 (part), 2013; Ord. 526 § 2 (part), 2010.)

9A.14.020Weapons - Intoxicated Persons - Places Where Liquor Consumed.

A. Any person other than the owner or manager approved as such by the Liquor Control Board who has in his possession or within his immediate physical control a deadly weapon while in an establishment where liquor or alcoholic beverages are served as a consumer thereof, or while under the influence of or affected by the use of intoxicating liquor or drugs as defined in RCW 46.61.506, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, but this Section shall not apply in the former case to customers partaking of alcoholic beverages with a meal and while seated, nor in the latter case to a person in his own residence.

B. The proprietor of all establishments where liquor or alcoholic beverages are consumed on the premises must advise patrons of the requirements of this Section. A conspicuous sign stating “No Weapons Allowed” or other sign approved by the chief of police and indicating this Section is sufficient notice. No notice needs to be given or posted in the dining area of an establishment with a separate lounge.

C. “Deadly weapon” means any explosive or loaded or unloaded firearm or fixed blade cutting or stabbing instrument, and includes any other weapon, device, instrument, article, or substance as defined in this Section, which, under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used, or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or serious bodily injury. (Ord. 526 § 2 (part), 2010.)

9A.14.030Discharge of Firearms in City Prohibited.

The entire area of the City is a “no shoot” area. It is unlawful to shoot or discharge any firearm, pistol, rifle or similar device anywhere within the corporate limits of the City other than for the purposes of exercising the rights or allowable circumstances which may be authorized by law, to include but not limited to that conduct specified in RCW 9A.16.020, chapter 9.41 RCW or LMC 9A.14.040. (Ord. 566 § 2 (part), 2013; Ord. 526 § 2 (part), 2010.)

9A.14.040Defenses.

This chapter shall not apply to the following uses of a weapon or firearm:

1. Any act committed by a person while in his place of abode or fixed place of business in self-defense of such abode or business;

2. Any person acting for the purpose of protecting himself against the use or presently threatened unlawful force by another, or for the purpose of protecting another against the use of such unlawful force by the third person;

3. Any federal, military, state, county or municipal law enforcement officer in the discharge of their official duties, whether such officer is within or outside their jurisdictions, or on-or-off duty;

4. Any person engaged in military activities sponsored by the federal or state governments;

5. The provision relating to chako sticks or throwing stars shall not apply to or affect regularly enrolled members of clubs and associations organized for the practice, instruction or demonstration of self-defense arts involving chako sticks or throwing stars while such members are at, or are going to and from their place of residence, a practice session, an instruction session, a demonstration, or place of repair, or while such members are going from the place of purchase, providing that the chako sticks or throwing stars are in a carrying case in the possession of the owner; or,

6. Any person engaged in the lawful use of a pistol, rifle or other firearm at any commercial sport shooting range, or a private basement or cellar target range. For purposes of this chapter, a “commercial sport shooting range” means a business holding a master business license issued by the State of Washington and business operating license issued by the City of Lakewood to conduct a for-profit business under chapter 5.2 LMC, and operating a shooting range at a building or facility designed for the use and discharge of pistols, rifles and other firearms.

7. Engaging in practice in the use of a firearm or target shooting at an established range owned by the City of Lakewood.

8. Any person discharging blank cartridges in theatrical performances, sporting events, or education events or to the firing of salutes by a honor guard at funerals or memorials. (Ord. 566 § 4 (part), 2013.)