Traveling to Washington, please help
Ok, I know I'm probably gonna get a lot of crap for this, but hear me out. I'm traveling to Washington State on Saturday. I will be driving. I have a Wyoming CWP, and Washington does not accept it. However, all other states I will be traveling through do. My question is, does anyone know the laws regarding transportation of a handgun across state lines? I know it's stupid to ask for legal info on a public forum, but I am wondering if anyone else has had the experience of traveling through Washington with a firearm. I emailed the Attorney General of Washington, and like most political figures, he/his office have failed to reply back. If I don't hear from his office, my plan is to lock my firearm in its case and have it in the back of my truck out of reach. I don't know vehicle carry options for out of state people, so I thought the farther out of reach it is the better. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I would probably give the WA state patrol a call. I havent driven through WA, but thats what I do when I take trips to other states.
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RCW 9.41.050 Carrying firearms.
(1)(a) Except in the person's place of abode or fixed place of business, a person shall not carry a
pistol concealed on his or her person without a license to carry a concealed pistol.
(b) Every licensee shall have his or her concealed pistol license in his or her immediate
possession at all times that he or she is required by this section to have a concealed pistol
license and shall display the same upon demand to any police officer or to any other person
when and if required by law to do so. Any violation of this subsection (1)(b) shall be a
class 1 civil infraction under chapter 7.80 RCW and shall be punished accordingly
pursuant to chapter 7.80 RCW and the infraction rules for courts of limited jurisdiction.
(2)(a) A person shall not carry or place a loaded pistol in any vehicle unless the person has a
license to carry a concealed pistol and: (i) The pistol is on the licensee's person, (ii) the
licensee is within the vehicle at all times that the pistol is there, or (iii) the licensee is away from
the vehicle and the pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside
(b) A violation of this subsection is a misdemeanor.
(3)(a) A person at least eighteen years of age who is in possession of an unloaded pistol shall
not leave the unloaded pistol in a vehicle unless the unloaded pistol is locked within the
vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.
(b) A violation of this subsection is a misdemeanor.
(4) Nothing in this section permits the possession of firearms illegal to possess under state or
federal law. [2003 c 53 § 28; 1997 c 200 § 1; 1996 c 295 § 4; 1994 sp.s. c 7 § 405; 1982 1st ex.s. c 47 § 3;
1961 c 124 § 4; 1935 c 172 § 5; RRS § 2516-5.]
RCW 9.41.060 Exceptions to restrictions on carrying firearms.
The provisions of RCW 9.41.050 shall not apply to:
(1) Marshals, sheriffs, prison or jail wardens or their deputies, or other law enforcement
officers of this state or another state;
(2) Members of the armed forces of the United States or of the national guard or organized
reserves, when on duty;
(3) Officers or employees of the United States duly authorized to carry a concealed pistol;
(4) Any person engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, or dealing in firearms, or
the agent or representative of the person, if possessing, using, or carrying a pistol in the usual
or ordinary course of the business;
(5) Regularly enrolled members of any organization duly authorized to purchase or receive
pistols from the United States or from this state;
(6) Regularly enrolled members of clubs organized for the purpose of target shooting, when
those members are at or are going to or from their places of target practice;
(7) Regularly enrolled members of clubs organized for the purpose of modern and antique
firearm collecting, when those members are at or are going to or from their collector's gun
shows and exhibits;
(8) Any person engaging in a lawful outdoor recreational activity such as hunting, fishing,
camping, hiking, or horseback riding, only if, considering all of the attendant
circumstances, including but not limited to whether the person has a valid hunting or fishing
license, it is reasonable to conclude that the person is participating in lawful outdoor
activities or is traveling to or from a legitimate outdoor recreation area;
(9) Any person while carrying a pistol unloaded and in a closed opaque case or secure
(10) Law enforcement officers retired for service or physical disabilities, except for those law
enforcement officers retired because of mental or stress-related disabilities. This
subsection applies only to a retired officer who has: (a) Obtained documentation from a law
enforcement agency within Washington state from which he or she retired that is signed by the
agency's chief law enforcement officer and that states that the retired officer was retired for
service or physical disability; and (b) not been convicted or found not guilty by reason of
insanity of a crime making him or her ineligible for a concealed pistol license.
[2005 c 453 § 3; 1998 c 253 § 2; 1996 c 295 § 5; 1995 c 392 § 1; 1994 sp.s. c 7 § 406; 1961 c
124 § 5; 1935 c 172 § 6; RRS § 2516-6.]
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