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WPIC 133.50 Pistol—Definition

11A WAPRAC WPIC 133.50Washington Practice Series TMWashington Pattern Jury Instructions--Criminal

11A Wash. Prac., Pattern Jury Instr. Crim. WPIC 133.50 (5th Ed)
Washington Practice Series TM
Washington Pattern Jury Instructions--Criminal
December 2021 Update
Washington State Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions
Part XIII. Miscellaneous Crimes
WPIC CHAPTER 133. Weapon Offenses
WPIC 133.50 Pistol—Definition
Pistol means any firearm with a barrel less than 16 inches in length, or which is designed to be held and fired by the use of a single hand.
[A barrel length is the distance from the bolt face of a closed action down the length of the axis of the bore to the crown of the muzzle [or to the end of any legal device permanently attached to the end of the muzzle].]
Use the bracketed material as applicable. Use WPIC 2.10 (Firearm—Definition as an Element) with this instruction. Use the definition of “barrel length” if appropriate.
RCW 9.41.010(2), (18).
Knowledge of the characteristics making the firearm unlawful (e.g., length of the barrel) is required, but knowledge of the law itself is not required to support a conviction. State v. Williams, 158 Wn.2d 904, 148 P.3d 993 (2006) (instruction regarding defendant's knowledge of short-barreled shotgun was confusing, but error was harmless).
[Current as of December 2019.]
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