Chapter 9.26


9.26.010    Air gun defined.

9.26.020    Possession of air guns.

9.26.030    Air guns – Exceptions to MICC 9.26.020.

9.26.040    Penalty for violations of air gun regulations.

9.26.010 Air gun defined.

As used in this chapter, the words “air gun” mean and include the following: air gun, 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 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. (Ord. A-91 § 1, 1991).

9.26.020 Possession of air guns.

Except as hereinafter provided, it is unlawful:

A. For any person under 16 years of age to carry or shoot any air gun within the city when not in the presence of his parent or other adult in loco parentis and under the direction and control of such adult;

B. 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;

C. For any parent or person in loco parentis to allow, give or permit the possession of any air gun, falling within the definition contained in MICC 9.26.010, to any child under the age of 16 years, except under the provisions of subsection A of this section;

D. For any merchant to sell or rent any air guns to minors under 16 years of age, except when such minor is in the presence of his parent or other adult in charge of such child. (Ord. A-91 § 1, 1991).

9.26.030 Air guns – Exceptions to MICC 9.26.020.

The provisions of MICC 9.26.020A and C shall not apply:

A. When such minor is possessing or using such weapons on a gun range operated or conducted by any school, educational institution or other regulated group, pursuant to rules and regulations provided by the police chief or city ordinance and licensed by the city; or

B. When such minor is possessing or using such air gun within a regulated or supervised course or range provided by the city park department, under regulations or ordinances duly promulgated and adopted therefor; or

C. When any such minor is carrying such weapon unloaded and otherwise properly dismantled, to and from such licensed or authorized course; or

D. When such minor has obtained a certificate of proficiency from the police chief under the rules and regulations promulgated by the police chief to ensure the safe handling of such toys or weapons by such minor, or when confined to an area within the property of the parents of such minor which complies with the regulations relating to private practice or target ranges as promulgated by the police chief; provided further, that the provisions of MICC 9.26.020B shall not prohibit the use of such weapons by a person over 16 years of age when such use is reasonably necessary and represents reasonable force in the protection of the person or property of the user or another. (Ord. 06C-06 § 2; Ord. A-91 § 1, 1991).

9.26.040 Penalty for violations of air gun regulations.

Any person convicted of a violation of MICC 9.26.020 or 9.26.040 is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Ord. A-91 § 1, 1991).