Northwest NEWS

November 20, 2000

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Carnation passes weapons ordinance

by Lisa Allen
   Valley View Editor
   CARNATION - Just three months after a resident told the City Council that his teenage son was able to purchase a crossbow at a local variety store, the council approved an ordinance that not only prohibits selling such items to minors, but addresses other types of weapons as well.
   The ordinance, adopted on Nov. 7, affects the sale of crossbows and the uses of other dangerous weapons, including air pistols and rifles and BB guns, darts and those implements used for martial arts.
   It is now a gross misdemeanor for stores in Carnation to sell crossbows to anyone under 18.
   The law also states that it is illegal for anyone to point or shoot an air gun, bow and arrow or crossbow at any person or at the property of another. Exceptions include use of those weapons with "due consideration for the safety of others ..., on the private property of the user ... and for humane destruction of animals suffering from injury or disease."
   The ordinance also addresses the use, possession, concealing, sales and manufacture of dangerous weapons, making it unlawful for a person to knowingly make, sell or possess blackjacks, slingshots, sand clubs, metal or brass knuckles, chako sticks, nunchaku, shirken or throwing stars, springblade knives or silencers.
   Exceptions are allowed for schools that teach self defense.