Incidentally, state laws allow anyone to own a BB gun, so long as he or she doesn't exhibit it in public, discharge it recklessly, or carry it onto school ground or other sensitive areas. Meanwhile, according to Section 602 of San Francisco's Police Municipal Code, anyone in the city is forbidden from possessing any "toys projecting missiles by air or gas" within city limits. Yes, the police are within their rights if they take your air pistol out of your gun locker, but leave your M-16 rifle.
But just because a local ordinance has been overridden -- for five years -- by a state law specifically penned to override it doesn't mean the cops can stop enforcing it.
"Until the chief of police tells us not to cite on this offense, we will continue to do the citations," confirms the sergeant.
He has no choice. It's the law. Even though it isn't.