Apparently it’s illegal to fire slingshots, crossbows, BB guns and other projectile weapons in San Jose. But a club of model ship makers hopes the city will make an exception.
In the most off-the-wall item on the Rules and Open Government Committee agenda for Wednesday, Councilman Kansen Chu asks the city to relax its rules about discharging projectile to allow the Western Warship Combat Club to fire low-velocity ammo at each other’s model boats.
For the past 25 years, the 43-member all-ages club has floated 4- to 12-foot ships on the Penitencia Creek percolation ponds. They offer classes to local families who want to learn about model building, robotics and U.S. history, Chu says. And they work with a lot of veterans.
“They have displayed a perfect safety record,” Chu states.
Projectile from the miniature battleships would fly 205 feet per second max—way less than the speed of a paintball pellet.
- David Wall uncharacteristically refrained from writing anything to the public record this week.
- The city will convene a study session to talk about how to develop more of these mixed-use urban villages called for the general plan. The meeting takes place from 1:30 to 4:30pm April 1 in the council chambers at City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., in San Jose.
- Johnny Khamis wants to recognize the Assyrian New Year on March 21 with a flag-raising at City Hall and Tartan Day on April 8 with by posting up the Scottish flag. A flag-raising for Cesar Chavez Day takes place on March 24.
WHAT: Rules and Open Government Committee meets
WHEN: 2pm Wednesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260