Chapter 9.36


9.36.010    Weapons and dangerous exhibitions.

9.36.020    Disposal of forfeited firearms.

9.36.030    Exemption from state law.

9.36.010 Weapons and dangerous exhibitions.

A. It is unlawful for any person to carry, exhibit, display or draw any firearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club or weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm, in a manner, under circumstances, at a time that either manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons, unless otherwise authorized by law.

B. It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, dispose of or have in his possession any instrument or weapon of the kind usually known as a sling shot, sand club, metal knuckles or spring blade knife or any knife other than an ordinary pocket knife; or to carry furtively or with intent to conceal any dagger, dirk, pistol or other dangerous weapon; or to use any contrivance or device for suppressing the noise of any firearm unless otherwise authorized by law.

C. It is unlawful for any person to aim any gun, pistol, revolver or other firearm, whether loaded or not, at or towards any human being, or to wilfully discharge any firearm, air gun or other weapon, or throw any deadly missile in a public place, or in any place where any person might be endangered thereby, although no injury results, unless otherwise authorized by law.

D. It is unlawful for any person to carry any firearm or other dangerous weapon upon any premises within the city limits of the city where alcoholic beverages are sold or consumed; provided that, law enforcement officers in uniform, or on police related business, shall be exempt from the provisions of this subsection.

E. No proprietor, lessee or occupant of any place of amusement, or any plat of ground or building shall allow it to be used for the exhibition of skill in throwing any sharp instrument or in shooting any bow, gun, pistol or firearm of any description, at or toward any human being.

F. No person in the city, except police officers and other persons who are authorized by law or who have obtained proper authority to do so from the chief of police of the city, shall carry or wear in any manner concealed upon his person, any dirk, dagger, Bowie knife, sword, cane, gun, pistol, revolver, sling shot, metal knuckles or other dangerous weapons or other instruments which may be used to inflict injury upon the person of another.

G. No person in the city, except authorized law enforcement officers engaged in the lawful discharge of their duty, and persons practicing target shooting in a duly licensed shooting gallery or shooting range, shall fire off or discharge any gun, pistol or firearm of any kind within the city limits, or shoot an arrow or other projectile from a cross bow, bow or other similar device used for archery, except at a duly authorized archery range, within the city limits, unless otherwise authorized by law.

H. It is unlawful for any person to carry, transport or convey, or have in his possession or under his control in any motor driven or horse-drawn vehicle or in any vehicle propelled by man, any shotgun, rifle or handgun for which no permit has been issued to the person, containing shells or cartridges therein. (Ord. 2011-015 § 1; Ord. 97-012 § 3; Ord. 396 § 1, 1980; Ord. 357 § 24, 1977)

9.36.020 Disposal of forfeited firearms.

A. Except as provided in subsections B and C, all firearms that come into the possession of the Sequim police department after June 30, 1993, that are judicially forfeited under RCW 9.41.098 and are no longer needed for evidence or forfeited due to failure to make a claim under RCW 63.32.010, may be disposed of by the Sequim police department in its discretion as follows:

1. Retained for agency use;

2. Traded to commercial gun sellers;

3. Auctioned to commercial gun sellers;

4. Destroyed.

B. Antique Firearms Exempted. All firearms that are “antiques” as defined by RCW 9.41.150, or recognized as curios, relics, and firearms of particular historical significance by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (or any successor agency) shall not be retained for agency use or destroyed.

C. All firearms that are illegal to possess, as defined in subsection D, shall be destroyed, and shall not be retained, traded or auctioned. If firearms otherwise illegal to possess may be rendered legal to possess by removal or alteration of component parts, the Sequim police department may, in its discretion, effect such removal or alteration, and may thereafter dispose of the firearm under subsection A.

D. “Firearms that are illegal to possess” means firearms that are illegal to possess as defined by Chapter 9.41 RCW. (Ord. 93-020 §§ 1 – 4)

9.36.030 Exemption from state law.

The city shall be exempt from the prohibitions set forth in RCW 9.41.050(4) and subsection 4 of Section 405 of Chapter 7 of the Washington Laws, 1994 First Special Session, as allowed by subsection 405(6) of said law. (Ord. 94-018 § 1)