SPOKANE, Wash – Spokane City Councilors passed an ordinance on guns in public places Monday night, voting that people with concealed pistol licenses can carry their weapons in "public assembly facilities" – but there are exceptions.
Venues like the Spokane Arena, Convention Center, INB Performing Arts Center and Joe Albi Stadium are all part of the Public Facilities District. But when they're rented out for a private or business event (like a concert, for example) the PFD has the legal authority to exert its own discretion over whether weapons will be allowed inside for those events – even for CPL holders.
However, in cases such as a gun trade show being held at the arena, then weapons would be permitted.
Spokane City Councilor Jon Snyder told KHQ's Kelsey Watts, the change is really a technicality, bringing city law into alignment with presumptive existing state law.
"I just think we need to turn down our volume on our discourse about guns," Snyder said. "I think it's a lot easier to come up with best solutions, when people aren't especially excited."
While several members of the public openly carried their weapons at Monday night's meeting to make a point, Councilor Mike Fagan added that, while there has been a lot of talk about this change restricting the rights of gun owners, it's really just the opposite.
"This code will recognize and respect the right to conceal carry, when and where you [are otherwise legally allowed] to do that," Fagan said over the phone. "Any discussion as to further limiting our gun rights is ludicrous."
To read the Washington State Law on this matter, visit: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.41.300