Northwest NEWS

September 11, 2000

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Carnation City Council studies crossbow ban

* by Lisa Allen
   Valley View Editor
   CARNATION -- A resident is asking the City Council to ban the sale of hand-held crossbows to minors after his 16-year-old son was able to purchase one at a Carnation variety store.
   The man, who lives outside of the city, wrote a letter to the council after the son damaged one of the family's lawn chairs with the weapon.
   City Manager Woody Edvalson said after the father discovered his son had the crossbow, the father began investigating the power of the weapon by doing a 30-foot test shoot.
   "He buried the metal arrow into the ground," Edvalson said. "It couldn't even be found."
   The letter asked the City Council to study the issue, which was brought up at last week's meeting.
   Edvalson said the council turned the matter over to the Public Health and Safety Committee for their recommendation.
   "The council will hear the recommendation on whether the city should pursue some kind of ordinance at the September 19 meeting," he said. "Right now, no law prohibits stores from selling these things to minors."
   Carnation Police Chief Bonnie Soule said that there have been no previous incidents related to the use of crossbows, but that she is concerned about possible hazards if they are misused.
   "It is the first time this has come to our attention," she said. "I think it may be in the city's interest and the interest of public safety to consider looking at something like this in an ordinance."