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Thread: Can certain cities ban firearms from public parks?

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    Can certain cities ban firearm possession from certain city parks? The reason I ask this, is because RCW 9.41.300 on section 2 and line (b) and follows clearly states

    "Cities, towns, counties, and other municipalities may enact laws and ordinances:

    (b) Restricting the possession of firearms in any stadium or convention center, operated by a city, town, county, or other municipality, except that such restrictions shall not apply to:

    (i) Any pistol in the possession of a person licensed under RCW 9.41.070 or exempt from the licensing requirement by RCW 9.41.060; or........

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    I noticed it said "Stadium" or "Convention center" but doesn't mention city parks. Again, is this another "Gray" area where cities get around the law? Or are cities required to follow the State Law regarding no restrictions for those who are licensed to carry?

    Why is it that so many municipal governments don't seem to understand State law, such as Seattle?

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    Nope. They can't. Search parks there has been too many threads on this post here for me to tag em all.
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    Short answer... No, cities cannot regulate carry in parks. It has nothing to do with license or no license since no license is required to carry openly.
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    Thanks for the answers.

    Now, I've noticed many parks have a "No firearms in park" sign, with other regulations.

    So if you carry in a park with a sign posted, how often is it that you'll get questioned by an officer of that jurisdiction saying "Can't you read the sign?"

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    It's rare, most cities have been contacted and the departments have been told by their bosses that he ordinance is unenforceable. It takes time and money to change the signs, but it is happening.
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    Answered in the FAQ's.

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