Mr. Anderson, I would just like to take the time to inform you that the Lakewood City Municipal code is in violation of Washington State law regarding state preemption. RCW 9.41.290
"08.76.530 - Firearms, Weapons" states, No person except duly authorized law enforcement personnel and/or persons licensed to carry a concealed weapon shall possess a firearm in a city park.
No person shall possess a bow and arrow, crossbow, or air or gas weapon in a City park. No person shall discharge across, in, or into any park area a firearm, bow and arrow, crossbow, air or gas weapon, or any device capable of injuring or killing any person or animal, or damaging or destroying any public or private property provided that where the Department for good cause has authorized and approved a special recreational activity or a recreational program, upon finding that it is not inconsistent with City park use, this section shall not apply. (Ord. 420 § 1 (part), 2006; Ord. 126 § 1 (part), 1997.)
In the state of Washington, the only 2 times one is required to be in possession of a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) are (1) when carrying a pistol concealed and (2) when carrying a pistol loaded in a vehicle. RCW 9.41.050 Washington state is an open carry state and as such, the act of carry a firearm in a lawful and responsible manner without the requirement of a CPL is a protected right.
I would strongly urge you and the City Council Members to review this matter and take it under advisement with your legal representation before the city becomes subject to a civil lawsuit. I am a law abiding citizen who proudly exercises my constitutionally protected rights and I would be extremely upset, as I'm sure others would be, if we were to come under an illegal action from city law enforcement officials who were enforcing an illegal law.
I will be looking forward to your speedy response in this matter.
Signed Mr. Witmer