Calvin Armerding here. I live in Blaine, over on G Street. I have spoken with you before on various issues and wanted to bring another to your attention. I recently discovered that you have the following provision in the code that relates to city parks.
"12.32.060 Firearms and explosives. A. It is unlawful to shoot, fire or explode any firearm, torpedo or explosive of any kind or to carry any firearm or to shoot or fire any air gun, bows and arrows, BB gun or use any slingshot in any park."
You may or may not be aware that the provision relating to carrying firearms is preempted and repealed by the State of Washington in RCW 9.41.290 State preemption, which I have reproduced below.
"The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state, including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale, acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms, or any other element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including ammunition and reloader components. Cities, towns, and counties or other municipalities may enact only those laws and ordinances relating to firearms that are specifically authorized by state law, as in RCW 9.41.300, and are consistent with this chapter."
Nowhere in the RCW does the state give cities the authority to ban the possession of firearms in city parks. I would ask that you refer this to the city attorney for his review and that you subsequently, when he confirms my claim as to the facts of the law, ask the City Council to repeal this section of the Muncipal Code. You should be aware that the city, the council, and the manager could be liable for damages resulting in false arrest and/or imprisonment should a member of the Blaine Police Department ever attempt to enforce this provision. I would appreciate a return email or phone call to let me know what is being done to take care of this matter.
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