Ordinance No. 1052, §§ 1-2, 5, & 8-9, Vancouver City Council (1920) (Vancouver, Washington).


    An ordinance regulating the sale, purchase, giving away and receiving of fire arms and other dangerous weapons, providing for seizure thereof and prescribing a penalty for its violation.

The City Council of the City of Vancouver do ordain as follows:


    It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, give away, purchase or receive any pistol, revolver, derringer, bowie knife, dirk, or other weapon of like character which can be concealed on the person without securing and requiring the proper license to do as hereinafter set forth.


   No person shall sell, give away or deal in the weapons herein specified without first obtaining from the Chief of Police of Vancouver, Washington, a license so to do, which license shall specify the dealerss name, place of business, and shall specify the weapons authorized to be sold, shall be valid for one year, for which license the chief of police shall exact as fee therefor the sum of $25.00, no unearned portion of which license shall be refunded in event of revocation or otherwise, which license fee shall be promptly accounted for to the city clerk of the said city...


    No authorized dealer nor any other person shall display either in his windows or in show cases or at all any of the weapons or licenses covered by this ordinance...


    Any police officer of the city of Vancouver, Washington, is hereby authorized to seize and take in his possession any of the weapons herein referred to, without securing any warrant for such purpose, thereafter turning such seized weapon into the Police Court of the City of Vancouver, Washington, who shall notify the party from whom said weapon is taken and set a time for such person to appear and show cause why such weapon should not be confiscated and if good reason be not shown at such time, the police judge shall thereupon order the confiscation of such weapon.


    Any person violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall upon conviction therefor be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $100.00 or by imprisonment in the city or county jail for not more than thirty days or by both such fine and imprisonment..."

Full Text: 1920, Vancouver City Council, Ordinance No. 1052, §§ 1-2, 5, & 8-9

* The number "1052" has been written in by hand. The rest of the document is typewritten. There are several handwritten notations along the margins, and the reader is advised to review the original MS (linked above). 

Ordinance No. 1052, Vancouver City Council, Ordinances, 1858-1952, 1957-2004, Washington State Archives, Digital Archives,, accessed November 15, 2023.  Vancouver, Washington City Council, Ordinance No. 1052—An Ordinance Regulating the Sale, Purchase, Giving Away and Receiving of Fire Arms and Other Dangerous Weapons, Providing for Seizurs Thereof and Prescribing a Penalty for Its Violation,  §§ 1-2, 5, & 8-9. Read First Time, February 2, 1920; Read Second Time, May 15, 1920; Read Third Time, May 15, 1920.