WASHINGTON GUN LAWS

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All you need to know about Washington gun laws.
We look at all the in's and out's of carrying a handgun in Washington.
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Washington gun laws operate on a "Shall Issue" policy. Open carry is legal without a permit but not common, you will need a permit if you want to carry a handgun in a vehicle (car, bus, train). Concealed carry permits are issued to residents and non-residents by the local sheriff or Police Department. There is no requirement to attend a firearms training course in Washington but you must be at least 21 years old and meet other conditions to obtain a license.

Washington CPL Quick Facts

Carry In Vehicle SEE DETAILS
Must Notify Officer NO
Carry In State Parks Allowed YES
No Weapons Signs Enforced NO
Open Carry Permitted SEE DETAILS
Carry In Restaurant YES
Constitutional Carry NO
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How Reciprocity Works in Washington

Under Washington law the state can only honor another states concealed carry license if;

  • the other state honors a Washington concealed carry license.
  • The state does not issue CPL licences to persons under the age of 21.
  • The state has fingerprint based checks for background and mental health history on applicants.

Currently only 9 states meet these requirements for their licenses to be honored by Washington.

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

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Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin

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Idaho - Only the Idaho Enhanced Permit is honored by Washington.
North Dakota - Only the Class 1 North Dakota Permit is honored by Washington.
RCW 9.41.073 - Reciprocity

Washington Handgun License

Washington Gun Policy

Shall Issue

Permit Issued To

Residents, Non-residents
CPL License Overview

The area you reside in will determine who you apply to for a handgun license.

  • If you reside in an unincorporated area of a county applications are made at the sheriffs office.
  • If you reside in an incorporated city area of a county the you can apply at either the sheriff office or the police department.
  • If you reside in another state then you can apply for a license at any local law enforcement agency in Washington.
Non-Resident Licenses

Non-resident CCW licenses are issued in Washington state. The process is the same as for a resident of Washington but cannot be done via mail and requires that you appear in person. This means you will need to make a trip to Washington to obtain the license. The application process will take about 60 days.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have no pending charges.
  • Have no outstanding arrest warrants.
  • Have no felony convictions.
  • Are not subject to a court order or injunction concerning the possession of firearms.
  • Are not free on bond or personal recognizance while awaiting trial, appeal, or sentencing for a felony offense.
  • Have not been asked to forfeit a firearm within the last 12 months.
  • Do not have a revoked concealed pistol license.
  • You have no mental health conditions.
  • Federal Law Requirements
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Processing time increases to 60 days if you do not have a Washington drivers license.

Washington: Places Off-Limits for CPL

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Places Off-Limits in Washington

  • Public schools
  • Correctional facility
  • Law enforcement facility
  • State courthouses
  • Mental health facilities
  • Outdoor music festival
  • Secured areas in airports
  • Places listed below that have Rules that state no firearms allowed on Premises;
    • Colleges/Universities,
    • Licensed Child Care Facilities,
    • Racing Association Grounds,
    • An Emergency Respite Center,
    • Licensed Pregnant and Parenting Teen Residential Programs And Their Facilities,
    • Licensed Homes and Facilities That Provide Care To Children,
    • Overnight Youth Shelter & Residence Operated By the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration
  • All facilities operated by the Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Places Allowed in Washington

  • State parks
  • State and national forests
  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle
  • All areas of the state, except those listed as Off-Limits

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Other Washington Gun Laws

Private Sales
Any private sale of firearms in Washington is required to be completed through a licensed firearms dealer. The dealer must complete a background check on the purchaser and keep a record of the sale. There are some exceptions to the law as follows;

  • Gifts between family members or spouses.
  • Sales of antique guns.
  • Transfers of a firearm to a gunsmith for repairs.
  • Guns acquired by the executors of an estate when the owner dies.

Dealer Sales
A licensed dealer can only sell a handgun if the purchaser has a concealed carry license or undergoes a background check. The dealer is required to not transfer the handgun to the new owner for 10 days or when the results of the background  are obtained, whichever one occurs first. Should the purchaser not have a valid Washington state ID card or drivers license, or has not resided in the state for at least 90 days then the waiting period can be extended to 60 days.

Washington Concealed Carry Laws

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Washington Gun Laws To Know

NO – Without a permit

Without a License – If you do not have a permit then it is illegal to carry a loaded firearm in any vehicle. You can still carry a firearm if it is unloaded and in a closed opaque case or secure wrapper.

With a License –  you can carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle as long as you have your permit with you at all times.

The Law
RCW 9.41.050
RCW 9.41.060

NO – Must Inform Officer

Washington gun laws require you to have your CCW license on you at all times you are carrying a firearm and display the permit to an officer if requested to do so. You do not have to inform law enforcement you are carrying a firearm.

The Law
RCW 9.41.050 – Carrying firearms

YES

It is legal to carry in the following areas;

  • State Parks:       YESWAC 352.32.120
  • State/National Forests:     YESWAC 332.52.145
  • State Wildlife Management Areas:     YESWAC 220.500.140
  • Road Side Rest Areas:     YES
NO

“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Washington gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

GunsToCarry recommends that you do not enter a property displaying a “No Weapons” sign whether the law is for or against signage. If asked to leave a property and you refuse to do so then you are breaking the law and put yourself at risk of being charged.

YES – with or Without a permit

Open carry without a permit is legal. However, you will need a CCW license to carry a loaded firearm in any vehicle. Any vehicle means cars, buses, and trains. The minimum age for open carry is 21.

The Law
29-11.7-704

YES
In Restaurants That Serve Alcohol

You are restricted to areas of the restaurant where persons under the age of 21 are allowed.

“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

The Law
RCW 9.41.300

NO
Washington does not have constitutional carry.
“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men."
(Art. I, § 24)
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Washington Off-Limit Statutes

Other Washington CCW Statutes

For information on other states handgun laws please go back to the state laws page and select the state you are interested in.

Washington CPL FAQ's

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Washington CPL Contact

King County Courthouse

Hours


Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed


Contact


Address 516 Third ave, Rm W-150

CitySeattle, WA 98104

Phone (206) 263-2626

 

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John Thornburg
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John Thornburg

Are those who posses an Oregon Concealed Handgun License able to get a non resident Washington CPL by going to a County Sheriff’s Office such as Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Stag Douglas Rye
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Stag Douglas Rye

Is there any way that I can check the progress of how my ccw is going. I went to the court house to get my ccw updated because my paper ccw was fading and I wanted the new hard card copy. Now I thought that this would take 30 days or less. It’s now going on 45 days or so. Saying that, I also know that it could take up to 60 days to get by mail. I guess what I’m asking is to how or to whom to I get with on to find out what going on with… Read more »

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short answer is no Firearm Registration. Most states in the U.S. do not require registration of guns and there is no Federal program to register guns. In fact under Federal law a national gun registry is illegal and eight states also have bans on any gun registry.
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I see there is some sort of exception to the rules of sales granted to executors in such cases, but couldn’t see what the actual exception is. Can you tell me what is required to sell them in this instance. Note, about half the firearms are most likely registered to my deceased friend, while the rest were acquired cash on the barrel head over the course of 30 years
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Shane Wohl
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Shane Wohl

Does my ccp expire on the first second of the expiration date or the last? Like car tabs, expire in March means end of March, not March 1st

Vincent
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Vincent

Car tabs expire on the exact date of the month you purchased them e.g. if purchased on the 18th there expired on the 18th.
You do however have up to 90 days to renew your cwp. You can start the renewal 2 weeks early. Keep in mind once your ccp/cwp has expired you do not have a valid permit regardless of renewal application progress.

Vincent
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Vincent

Sorry the ccp is exactly like tabs. The if its the 18 that it was issued its the 18 then its invalid.

ChrisP
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ChrisP

Under RCW 46.10.495 – Snowmobiles this seems to be related but not limited to hunting. As a radio technician I am called upon to utilize a snowmobile sometimes yearly to access high altitude radio sites and would like to carry when I do.
Am I to understand I have no way around this restriction?

Katrien Fry
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Katrien Fry

Im trying to find out if i need a permit to carry my bb gun with me

Mark Hoyt
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Mark Hoyt

Please post the new Washington state gun laws. Thank you.

Bob
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Bob

Do you have to have a permit to conceal a .22 handgun?

Jon
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Jon

Yes it’s still a handgun, regardless of the caliber.

Ken mills
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Ken mills

My father in-law gave me a 38 special years ago. It has been locked in a safe since. I recently applied for a conceal carry permit, do I need to register the gun itself?

Jon
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Jon

You used to not have to register it. Now with new gun laws and bills passed you should call your county courthouse.

Airetime
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Airetime

short answer is no Firearm Registration. Most states in the U.S. do not require registration of guns and there is no Federal program to register guns. In fact under Federal law a national gun registry is illegal and eight states also have bans on any gun registry.

Spencer
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Spencer

a family member of mine just received their cpl and it is only valid 3 years instead of 5 I am wondering if this is a mistake of if there is some other explanation? mine and everyone else I know that has one is 5 year and I can’t find any information saying there is any reason a more frequent renewal would be required for anyone.

Cshyer
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Cshyer

Can i consume alcohol (whithin reason) and carry on my property. I knkw what a lot if you will say. This is just a discussion im having. Dont worry.

William
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William

Join the Nodiscussion…

William
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William

No…

Alex Arntson
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Alex Arntson

Can I conceal carry my husband’s hand gun if I have my conceal carry permit?

Isaiah
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Isaiah

You should check with your state’s carry rules

SKEETER
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SKEETER

Yes

Roydemeone
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Roydemeone

I am 19 years old. I was wondering if it’s legal to own a hangun under my name. I know I can’t legally buy a hangun, however my cousin can give me his hangun. If it’s legal to own a hangun at 19, can I bring it to the range? If it’s legal to own a hangun at 19, how do I register the gun to myself? I

Mixted
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Mixted

no, unless it is from your father, mother, brother,sister you would have to transfer through a ffl and it would disqualify you due to your age

Luke
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Luke

You could ask your cousin to give it to his father, then ask his father to transfer it to your father/mother(whoever is the sibling) and finally transfer the firearm to you.

Jon
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Jon

You have to be 21 to legally own a pistol. You can have an adult that’s 21 or older with you at a range to shoot. Legally you can not have it on your person.

G Rash
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G Rash

Washington State, there are no CCW or CWW permits, only CCP permits, also Washington State is a “Right to carry state” it is in our State constitution “Art. 1 Section 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”

G Rash
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G Rash

about carrying on a snowmobile, you site RCW 77.32.237 Enhancing the fish, shellfish, and wildlife-related recreational opportunities for a person with a disability—Disability designation—Rule-making authority. The commission shall enhance the fish, shellfish, and wildlife-related recreational opportunities for a person with a disability. The commission shall authorize the director to grant a disability designation to a person with a disability who meets eligibility criteria established by the commission by rule. The commission shall adopt rules defining who is a person with a disability for purposes of eligibility for disability designation. A person granted a disability designation is eligible for reasonable accommodations,… Read more »

Leonard Burke
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Leonard Burke

Can I use a limiter for my magazine if it is over ten rounds? The limiter will restrict more than ten rounds in the magazine. It is a permanent modification to the magazine.

Chris
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Chris

I am going to Washington state soon for vacation. just wondering do Washington recognize Arizona ccw permits?

Gun
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Gun

Washington state posts a list of reciprocities on its website

Jon
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Jon

Yes Washington accepts AZ

Mauro
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Mauro

Threaded barrel pistols are legal in Washington?

Mixted
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Mixted

Yes

Jon
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Jon

Yes, you just can’t put a silencer on it unless you get a tax stamp and go through a FFL license dealer.

ken
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ken

if a person buys a pistol uses his concieled permit to save waiting time is it automaticly regesturd

Mixted
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Mixted

Currently there is no firearm registration requirements, the seller has to keep records for 20 years

Jon
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Jon

It’s registered when they call in your information. A CCW means you don’t have to wait the 10 day grace period.