A heads-up for handgunners in WA State.
I am a city council member of a 60,000 pop city. Recently, there was an attempt to prohibit firearms carry in city parks. In researching the issue, I discovered there is a State preemption law (RCW 9.41.290) which prohibits cities, towns, counties and other municipalities from writing laws that are more restrictive than state laws. In other words, if the State says it is legal, a city cannot say that it is illegal. Carrying guns in parks is allowed under WA State law (RCW 9.41.300).
The city argued that they had an incident where someone threatened someone else with a gun in a park, so guns should be banned. I argued that it is already illegal to threaten someone with a gun; we don't need to limit law-abiding citizens because of the actions of a stupid jerk. After several days of negotiatiing and lobbying, including getting one of the largest gun organizations in the country involved, we re-wrote the law to allow legal carry in city parks.
In spite of a clearly written State law, a couple of municipalities in the State still have more restrictive laws than the State allows. Those laws only continue because no one has challenged them.
If you live in WA State, you may want to read the rules posted at your park entrances to see whether legal carry of firearms is restricted. I have discovered such a case on a cross-country bike trail, which I will be challenging shortly.
If you want information (i.e., State website with appropriate code information), PM me.
They win only if we quit. Persistence counts.