EAST WENATCHEE - Guns are now allowed in parks in East Wenatchee - with a few restrictions, that is.
A city ordinance banning guns in parks was amended by the East Wenatchee City Council during Tuesday's council meeting.
The ordinance was changed to allow guns in parks under certain conditions. Those without a concealed-carry permit still may not carry a loaded firearm in a public park. Those without the concealed carry license can carry a firearm only if it is unloaded and in an "opaque case or secure wrapper" or if it is in a designated recreation area for firearms, according to the ordinance.
The ordinance still does not allow the shooting or firing of firearms in public parks, unless under special circumstances, such as participating in a competition or performance or at a shooting range.
"This was basically just a housekeeping move to correct it (the ordinance)," said councilman George Buckner, who was acting as mayor pro-tem while Mayor Steve Lacy was away.
About six months ago, a citizen alerted the city to the fact that the law was more restrictive than state law, which supersedes city law.
Local laws that are more restrictive than state laws are pre-empted, according to state law.
The city of Wenatchee discovered in 2009 that its recently passed law banning guns in parks violated state law and repealed the ordinance