Chapter 7.84


7.84.010    Restrictions on discharging of weapons.

7.84.010 Restrictions on discharging of weapons.

(a)    It is unlawful for any person to discharge any firearm in the city where there is reasonable likelihood of injury to humans, domestic animals or property 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 or the otherwise lawful protection of life by any other person. This section shall not abridge the right of the individual guaranteed by Article I, Section 24 of the State Constitution to bear arms in defense of self or others.

(b)     It is unlawful for any person to point or shoot an air gun, crossbow, or bow and arrow 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)    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, or rock or other hard substance a distance of more than twenty-five feet with sufficient force to break windows or inflict injury upon person or animals.

(d)    Violation—Penalty—Forfeiture of Weapon. Failure to perform any act required, or the performance of any act prohibited, by this chapter is designated as a civil infraction and shall not be classified as a criminal offense. Any person, firm or corporation found to have committed such a civil infraction shall be subject to the penalties as set forth in Chapter 1.16 and, in the discretion of the court, the weapon used in violation hereof may be ordered forfeited to the city. In the event that a person charged with a violation of this chapter forfeits a monetary assessment without contesting the matter and the weapon of the violation has been taken into custody by a peace officer of the city, it shall be deemed that the court has ordered such weapon forfeited to the city. (Ord. 1665 § 3 (part), 2010: Ord. 1157A §§ l, 2, 1991).