Washington open carry

Discussion in 'Washington Gun Forum' started by Hectocotylus, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    Perhaps I am posting this in the wrong location but here goes. I have heard that I can open carry in washington state but looking at their laws regarding firearms I am having a tough time finding actually laws about it. Any ideas or Washingtonians who could help me on this.
     
  2. PCR

    PCR New Member

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    Perhaps your local police dept. can help.
     

  3. Hectocotylus

    Hectocotylus New Member

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    Now why didn't I think of that... Thanks
     
  4. Jaydub7911

    Jaydub7911 New Member

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    In WA all parks whether city state or national you can open carry, WA DOT buses, ferries you can open carry. At your own residence or business you can open carry. There might be more but that is what I remember off the top of my head. The law is codified under RCW 9.41.xxx. I'll will look into it more and update the thread later. I just did all this research a month or so ago. There are other statutes. I just can't remember them right now.
     
  5. Jaydub7911

    Jaydub7911 New Member

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    Here is some language from the site Washingtongunrights.com:

    FACTS ABOUT CARRYING A FIREARM IN WASHINGTON STATE
    (1). Washington is an "open carry" state for firearms. This means a person may carry a firearm in an exposed holster without any kind of permit unless there is something that makes it specifically illegal. (For example, carrying a weapon onto primary or secondary school grounds or other prohibited places, or carrying a weapon by most felons or anyone convicted of a domestic violence crime.) (2). Unlawful carrying (RCW 9.41.270) occurs when the person carries or displays a weapon “in a manner, under circumstances, and at a time and place that either manifests an intent to intimidate another or that warrants alarm for the safety of other persons.” This is something more than just walking around with an exposed firearm.
    (3). Unlawful carrying without a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) occurs when a person carries a concealed pistol on his person and does not have a CPL. A person may carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle only if they have a valid CPL. Those without a valid CPL may carry a firearm in a vehicle only if the firearm is unloaded and not concealed in any way on the body. (RCW 9.41.050) Exemptions exist in RCW 9.41.060
    (4). Due to state preemption, no city, town, county, or other municipality can restrict your right to keep and bear arms more than the state. (RCW 9.41.290)
    (5). Carrying concealed (with a CPL) or openly in establishments that serve alcohol is allowed in Washington, so long as it is not carried into an area designated as “no minors allowed” by the Washington Liquor Control Board. Refer to RCW 9.41.300 to view the complete list of prohibited places.
    (6). Washington fish and wildlife laws prohibit the transportation or possession of a loaded shotgun or rifle in a motor vehicle by any person, regardless of CPL status. Detachable magazines may remain loaded if they are not attached to the firearm. (RCW 77.15.460)
    (7). There is NO stipulation that a Washington CPL holder MUST carry concealed. Furthermore, lawful open carry of a firearm is NOT grounds for revocation of a Washington CPL.
    8. Washington is a “shall issue” state. This means that the issuing agency must issue a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) to any applicant that meets all statutory qualifications – Resident & Non-Resident. If you live in the unincorporated area of a county you must apply in person at your sheriff’s office. If you live in an incorporated city within the county, you may apply in person at either the city police department or sheriff’s office. If you are not a Washington State resident you may apply at any local law enforcement agency in the state. (RCW 9.41.070)

    Check out that site there is additional info in the faq's further down on the page.
     
  6. Squeak

    Squeak New Member

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    Go to opencarry.org That is a forum like this one. I OC ALL the time.
     
  7. Ken_inWA

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    Just keep in mind in parts of WA I would suspect carrying in open will alarm people and some local Governments would support you being looked into.

    CCP is pretty easy to get... It took me less than a week getting one from Lynnwood. I don't carry but it makes buying a gun much easier and I have the choice if I wanted.
     
  8. silverbullet6oh

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    It is easy to get your CPL (conceal pistol license; that's WA ST terminology). If you can pass a background check to buy a firearm, you can pass the CPL background(they are the same, and the questionaire is the same)

    I believe in open and conceal carry. I have my CPL.

    I only open carry when I have my shirt tucked in.

    As far as asking the police dept for info about the guns laws, I would caution that, as they are not always correct about the law in regards to this area of topic.

    I have seen too many people get unlawfully detained or arrested because they police overreact to open carriers. The end result of nothing happening to the open carriers, just more of a big inconvenience to them. :(

    I literallty have Chapter 9.41 RCW bookmarked on my phone. This way I keep up to date on the laws, and if needed, it's readily available for referencing.
     
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  9. c3shooter

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    Please note the date of the original post.
     
  10. Reforger83

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    Yesterday I was looking at a pistol at a local shop and a new gun buyer came in and the topic came up about what the new buyer could do if the state dragged its feet on issuing a CC.The guy behind the counter told him he'd get his background to buy a pistol before he'd get his CC. He went on to say that new buyer could then come in without his CC. And just open carry until his CC went through.

    Outside I told the guy there are liberals around every corner here, open carry may be legal, but unless you live across the street or go directly home after you pick the gun up, you will get looks and someone is bound to call the police on you.... legal or not, the trouble isn't worth it. I told him to get the CC before you pick the gun up...

    These idiots here will do anything they can to rid the world of guns... hide it and no one is the wiser.
     
  11. Reforger83

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    I too would caution against going to the local PD. Where I live, you go through the Sheriffs Department and it's housed at city hall and they aren't the friendliest folks in town towards CC. The woman I dealt with was a Beulah Ballbricker, I swear she had a ruler ready to rap my wrist when I filled the forms out.

    The cops are great and supportive, a sheriff friend of mine once used s CC guy for back-up when the other Sheriff working the night shift was on the other end of the county and back-up was miles away.

    I guess sitting behind a desk gives one a sense of power.