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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

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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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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

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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

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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)
 

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

 

Washington CPL Contact

King County Courthouse

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Address 516 Third ave, Rm W-150

CitySeattle, WA 98104

Phone (206) 263-2626

 

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Comments

  1. My grandpa gifted me a pistol 10 yrs ago, can i legally open carry this firearm?

  2. If i borrow my fathers handgun or even his AR-15 to go hiking in a month, but it is completely unloaded, mag out of the pistol, and ammo in a box and not in the mag, would it still be considered concealed carry if its in the trunk of my car?

    1. It would be best to separate them (i.e., ammo in the trunk, unloaded gun in the glove box) to be safe, but from my understanding and after speaking with law enforcement, you can have the gun anywhere in your vehicle as long as the magazine is not in the weapon and they are separate from each other (i.e., gun under your seat or middle console and magazine is in the glove box).

  3. If wearing a mask becomes mandatory in Washington State can you still carry concealed with a CWP?

  4. Can you shoot in your own yard if you live out in the country and have 5 acres??

  5. I am trying to get my CPL but with COVID-19 unable to file the application. My question, when I carry my handgun in the car, its not loaded and magazine is out, can I store my handgun in my school backpack with loaded magz in a separate compartment of my backpack or do I need to have my loaded magazines stored in a completely separate storage case?

    1. It would be best to separate them (i.e., ammo in the trunk, unloaded gun in the glove box) to be safe, but from my understanding and after speaking with law enforcement, you can have the gun anywhere in your vehicle as long as the magazine is not in the weapon and they are separate from each other (i.e., gun under your seat or middle console and magazine is in the glove box).

  6. Im not asking for legal advice* but under 9.41.240 and 9.41.060 can a 19 year old open carry a handgun when going hiking?

  7. I read the text in Washington state’s HB 1739 (now Washington state law) and have aquestion about lending tools to someone in Washington for the purpose of manufacturing an “untraceable” firearm as defined in the above law. The law says: 26 NEW SECTION. Sec. 2. (1) No person may knowingly or recklessly
    27 allow, facilitate, aid, or abet the manufacture or assembly of an
    28 undetectable firearm or untraceable firearm: (a) Is ineligible under
    29 RCW 9.41.040 to possess a firearm; or (b) has signed a valid
    30 voluntary waiver of firearm rights that has not been revoked under
    31 RCW 9.41.350. For purposes of this provision, the failure to conduct
    32 a background check as provided in RCW 9.41.113 shall be prima facie
    33 evidence of recklessness.

    Is this only referring to people who aren’t allowed to have a gun in the first place?

  8. My Father is giving me a pistol of his. Do I need to register it or show a transfer of ownership?

  9. are there exceptions to the no mental health disorders law??? like getting a mental health eval every month

  10. I still have not received my CPW and it has been 45 days is that against regulations? what should I do?

  11. With the Washington State Fair just around the corner, I was curious if you would be covered under the preemption even though their website states all weapons are prohibited.

  12. I purchased my wife a hand gun with my concealed permit. She also has permit, can she carry in Washington since I purchased on my permit? THX

  13. Can anyone tell me the laws on building an Ar-15 in washington? Can I just buy one of the kits and then buy a stripped lower and put it together legally?

    1. You can build an AR-15 in WA, but the lower receiver has to be shipped to a FFL.

  14. Does anyone know the requirements to shoot your firearms on your own property?

    1. Your best bet is to call the Sheriff’s office. If you’re within the city limits, I’m pretty sure it isn’t allowed. But living outside the city limits, you’d have to have a back stop like a berm, sandbags or large steel plates like those in a firing range. Of course you don’t want to set-up a shooting range aimed directly towards your neighbor’s home. But yeah, the Sheriffs department will be your best bet!

  15. Are there any laws on the books about vertical fore-grips? The communist state of California has outlawed then I heard.

  16. I just started carrying and I have my CPL how many rounds am I allowed in my magazine to carry

    1. someone I know bought a 15 rd mag from Sig. you had to enter a zip code to confirm it can be shipped to the state. I’m sure a local gun store will also have the answer.

  17. All my life I thought I lived in America where we had the right to bear arms (constitutional carry). Silly me.

    1. Sorry, there are two sections of America. One is the CSA…Communist States of America… The other few states are within the United States of America like Arizona and other states with leniency towards guns.

  18. The prohibition to carry during times of declared emergencies bothers me.

    1. (1) The governor after proclaiming a state of emergency and prior to terminating such, “may”, in the area described by the proclamation issue an order prohibiting:

  19. Hard to admit this but I am a convicted felon (2) one is a class C and the other I believe is a Class B (possibly classified as gross misdemeanor)

    It has been 20 years since the most recent conviction (Class C – 1999) and 23 years since the oldest conviction (Class B – 1996), since the most recent conviction I have been on the “straight and narrow”, no new convictions of ANY KIND, squeaky clean criminal record and likewise with driving record.

    I DO still owe some restitution and court fees but that’s it, I am in no legal trouble of any kind, no warrants, not on bail/bond etc.

    Neither of my convictions are for violent offenses, sex crimes, capital offenses, etc.

    I know I can petition the court for possible gun rights restoration and am seriously considering it as this June will mark my 40th birthday and my idiotic, poor decision making days are far behind me. I have an amazing support system of family and friends, I co-own a profitable business, pay taxes, support my community etc. etc. (essentially been a productive and contributing member of society since), aside from RCW’s and state case law I’ve read, what can I expect from this process, should I hire an attorney, is it advisable to do it on my own etc.?

    If nothing else I would just like to know once and for all after 2 decades plus “Yes” or “No” from the presiding judge Should I choose to move forward with the (petition)

    Thank you.

    1. I have a felony conviction that I just vacated and restored my gun rights. I would definitely consult with an attorney on your matter. I do believe all restitution has to be paid before vacating any felony. I started my journey of restoring my gun rights in January 2019 it is May 23, 2019 and I picked up my gun from Cabela’s 2 days ago. Good luck.

    2. The worst that will happen is the court will say NO. Talk to the clerk of courts at your local courthouse and he/she c an give you info on how to apply for gun rights restoration.

  20. I have a CPL for the state of Washington, I have a 9mm. So I go to purchase a pistol for my wife and was denied. They gave me a number and told me to go on line to NICS appeal website. For the life of me I don’t why I was denied. I haven’t done anything wrong or gotten in to any trouble with the law. So I go to the website and to me it’s confusing can anybody help me out.

    1. Did you tell them you were buying the gun for someone else when you filled out the form? That might be considered a straw purchase and maybe why you were declined.

      If your wife is getting a gun, she should fill out the paperwork. Looking forward to hearing what went wrong.

      1. I meant to add, I don’t know if you can buy guns for anyone else. I’d just play it very safe, if my wife wanted a gun, I’d have her fill the paperwork out herself.

        1. I don’t know if your situation has changed but I believe the transaction falls under transferal which would require the person to be at the place of transaction to sign paperwork in order to own the weapon even if the transfer itself has no monetary transaction, basically the both of you need to be present to sign necessary paperwork according to RCW 9.41.114

    2. Same thing with me. I thought it was possibly due to a recent Port and Railroad clearance check (both good). However, after contacting NICS they sent me a new fingerprint card. I did not return it but the next gun purchase went through with no problems

    3. You will run into trouble when you try to buy a gun for another person. You would be better off letting her go in and purchase at herself

      1. Yes, but as Kilcherman so aptly states, be ready to hire an attorney

  21. 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.

  22. 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 my ccw?

    1. My ccw always arrived within 2 weeks. This was Pierce county.

  23. 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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    1. They may tell you there is no registration requirements in a state. However, when you apply to purchase any gun (or rifle) the serial number is sent in with that information. If you decide to buy a different gun, you have to reapply and they will attach the new guns serial number with the new application. So they are definitely tracking the serial numbers of every gun you purchase nowadays.

  24. 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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    1. Firearms can pass directly to a named heir, or designated Executor (e.g.: by inheritance or sale), without the necessity of going through an FFL. However, if the heir or Executor THEN wishes to sell or transfer the firearm(s) to another person, it can only be done by using the services of an FFL to handle the transfer.

  25. 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

    1. 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.

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

  26. 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?

    1. You can carry on the snowmobile. You can’t carry loaded weapon or hunt from snowmobile. Just keep your handgun unloaded (see definition of loaded) and don’t shoot the animal that is charging you from the snowmobile – try to get of the machine before the shot.

    1. Any weapon that expels a round with gun powder will be applicable to firearm laws. Airgun’s are exempt from firearm laws.

  27. 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?

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

    2. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

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

    1. Yes, you can carry any handgun if you have your own concealed carry permit

  31. 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

    1. 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

    2. 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.

    3. 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.

  32. 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.”

    1. Author

      We used CCW as a generic term for all concealed permits as it was the most common name used. However, as we are updating pages we are now using the term each state uses, in WA’s case that is CPL, concealed Weapons License. Also Art. 1 Sec 24 is included in the law section on this page.

      1. CPL is Concealed Pistol License, not Conceales Weapons license. Technically speaking.

  33. 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, determined by the director, to allow the person to participate in fish, shellfish, and wildlife-related recreational activities. The commission shall adopt rules governing the conduct of a person with a disability participating in fish, shellfish, and wildlife-related recreational activities and the conduct of companions permitted, as a reasonable accommodation, to assist such a person in fish, shellfish, and wildlife-related recreational opportunities

    Where is it listed?

    1. Author

      Where do we mention RCW 77.32.237 on this page? I assume you mean cite instead of site? Or do you mean you want that statute listed on this page?

  34. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  37. Im really curious about the actual law around using your firearm. Obviously the best thing to do at all times no matter what is try to avoid the situation and use non lethal force but sometimes that may not be the case. Ive heard of homeowners here in Washington state getting charged for shooting at somebody during an active burglary. Ive also heard of people shooting in a road rage self defense and not getting charges. So my real question is does anybody know the actual legalities of using a firearm in a life or death situation? What happens? What do you say to the cops?

    1. If it was my family , I would rather face 12 jurs then risk my family….I 100% would do life if it ment my family was alive and safe. Hell I would lay waste to the world to protect them…..dose the state law mean anything to me when my family is at risk….no

    2. What do you say to the cops? “I want my lawyer.”
      Immediately and then zip it.
      Seriously, beyond, “He broke into my home”, use your ***right to remain silent***.

  38. Under Washington State Law is a Convicted Non-Viloent Felon allowed to live in a house with family who own firearms?

    1. Actually, a person who is a convicted felon can go to court to get their state rights for gun ownership, reinstated. Obviously, there are mitigating circumstances when a convicted felon is attempting to own a weapon. It is suggested that you have the record expunged or in the very least, made into a misdemeanor, if possible. And have an attorney. It’s a whole process, but doable.
      Insofar as residing where you have access to a firearm; Unless you’re outside running around naked and shooting off the weapon I doubt anyone will do anything. If the gun owner you’re residing with is a responsible individual and has the ability to lock their firearm out of your reach (safe, etc.) then you do not have to worry. Same goes for ammunition.

  39. If I have Utah CCW and am coming to Washington to work or vacation, do I need to apply for a separate non-resident CCW?

    1. Go to the courthouse website of the county you’re visiting. It will have a map of what states it will honor.

  40. A friend passed away recently. His wife (who is the executor of the estate now), would like to liquidate his firearms. 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. Thanks.

  41. I am trying to find the answer to owning unregistered guns….in wa state. Is this a big deal? Some guns are 40 years old. Some newer….most for hunting, some collected.

    1. Washington does not have a firearm registry. Therefore there are no registered guns in the state. Washington does have a background check requirement on almost every firearm transfer. If it is your gun that you brought from out of state there is no transfer hence nothing required

  42. I heard from a friend of mine that the laws have changed so that anyone born after January of 2001 will no longer be allowed to purchase anything other than hunting weapons (rifles, shotguns). I will be turning 18 in April and am curios to know if this is true.

    1. Look up I-1639. It’s a new law that just passed. Restricts anyone under the age of 21 from purchasing what has been defined as a Semi-automatic assault rifle.

      The definition of this is basically any semi auto rifle. That means not only are standard AR-15s subject to this new restriction, but a little semi auto .22 pea shooter is now classified as a semi-automatic assault rifle.

      So it’s not necessarily someone born after Jan 2001, it’s someone under 21 who cannot buy

      1. I-1639 is not law. It is a proposition. The earliest any of this would go into effect is July. In your case though, buy all the guns you can before it becomes a law.

  43. I am wondering with the new law if someone with a concealed permit will get there gun rights taken away if they r on any kind of anxiety or depression medication? I live in Washington state. Asking for a friend.

    1. No one on any type of anxiety or depression medication should be allowed to possess any type of firearm, anywhere in the US.

      1. They gave him a concealed permit. Knowing he takes them. I dont see why they cant have guns. It doesnt mean they r going to do anything stupid. This person is a great person and he hunts and works and everything.

        1. If a person is on medication for mental problems, doesn’t that tell you something? They should not have a firearm!

          1. Some people take anti depression medicine for weight loss so you can’t go by that

          2. I’m talking about individuals with “mental problems”. If they don’t have their head straight, they should not have a firearm. Have you learned nothing from the recent mass shootings!

          3. look at the stats. Search up how many shooters have been prescribed SSRIs and how shitty it is for you to take them, go ahead and do it right now

          4. I have to take depression meds because I am on multiple sclerosis drugs that CAN cause depression…seems like your the one that’s mental.

          5. A lot of people also take it for insomnia and trouble sleeping.

          6. So what you are saying is that no transgender people undergoing therapy should be allowed to own a firearm?

          7. Those are especially the ones possessed with mentally disturbed minds. They should not be trusted with a full pencil.

          8. That’s what he/she seems to be suggesting! Don’t give it much thought, because they are flat out wrong!

          9. Are you out of your mind? You can be on antidepressant medication because your depressed, not because you have mental problems! You can be on medication because you get nervous for flying, that’s called anxiety and doesn’t in any way mean your mentally incapacitated! People with anxiety have every right to protect themselves and family!
            If someone is unable to act as their owne adult dependent, due to mental issues, certainly. But that is not the case with common anxiety or depression!

  44. I am a Washington state resident, with valid concealed carry for my state, and was told from a pawn shop that if I were to purchase a .45 caliber handgun that i would need to attend a course or class before letting me get the gun. Does this sound accurate? I have bought a 9mm from the same place with no issues but what there saying is because it’s a .45?

    1. I-1639 just passed in this state which mandates training. It’s not supposed to go into effect until January 2019 though, I believe.

    2. They are wrong. Sadly, I-1639 will change that, but not until 2019. Challenge them to do their research, or just take your business elsewhere.

      1. Will that mean people possessing a CCW prior to this comming into effect will need to immediately need to take a course or are they grandfathered in?

  45. Where do I find the laws pertaining to police stopping me if I am open carrying a rifle in areas that it is legal to do so. IE: can they stop/detain me if the only reason is because they see my rifle, do I have to give it to them when they ask for it, do I have to show ID, (I watch southsideslakr210 on youtube, he is in Texas) so I want to brush up on Washington’s carry laws and RCW.

  46. I am planning on building a rifle. What are the legal steps that I have to follow? Is there any paperwork that needs to be done?

    1. The serialized part must be purchased through an FFL just like any other rifle, on an AR15 this part is the lower receiver. Everything else is considered just parts and can be purchased anywhere including online.

  47. Is a shotgun considered a firearm? I am a former Marine and made a phone call to a crisis line. Now I can not own a firearm. God bless Amerika.

    1. I am so sorry! You getting the help you need should not restrict you from hunting or protecting yourself. Thank you for your service, and I’m so sorry.

  48. I was a resident of Washington state between 2003 and 2005 and obtained a concealed carry license . Sadly, I had to leave Washington in 2005 and return to a state with no reciprocity. I was not sure what to do with my pistol and since the laws in my state are draconian I destroyed the pistol (cut it up into little pieces). I would now like to return to Washington. Did I break any laws of Washington?

    1. There are a number of reasons why destroying a firearm might be a good option

  49. I live in Texas and was gifted a handgun from a friend. I have no licenses and just keep it as home protection. I am about to move to Seattle and am curious if I have to register this gun at all. I only intend to keep it for home protection. I have no plans to carry it outside my home, except perhaps to a shooting range (and even then it will be in a sealed case). Any help would be appreciated.

    1. No. There is no registration here except for a partial registration on handguns purchased while in state. Washington State has no magazine restrictions either. I cannot provide legitimate legal advice, but it’s not like California or Maryland where you have to register the gun with the state within 90 days of establishing residency. You should be fine. No further action should be needed on your part.

  50. If I am Washington State resident and have been for years and I have a Utah concealed carry license do I still need to get Washington CPL?

  51. In Washington, are there any legal restrictions on ammunition used in concealed carry weapons? Other than the obvious license requirement to carry.

    1. Well you can openly carry a loaded gun without a permit, which I did for years. But nothing specifically in the law regarding ammunition restrictions. But keep in mind that if you carry armor piercing, incendiary, explosive tracers in your 45 on a daily basis and have to use that firearm in defense of yourself or others, a civil suit could follow and they will look at the ammunition you used. I like to stick to ammo marketed towards self defense. So no buffalo bore 200 grain flat nose semi-wadcutters in my 357 unless I’m deep in the wilderness.

  52. Do we need to register our firearms regardless of a CCW permit ? ie: local authorities or at a federal level

    1. No, there is no need to register a firearm, the only thing that happens is that authorities are notified about your purchase of a pistol. Otherwise as long as you get the firearm from a licensed dealer you’re OK.

    1. If I remember correctly anything shorter than 16″ is considered an SBR(Short Barreled Rifle), or if the overall weapon length is 26″ or shorter and fired from the shoulder. It is legal but must be registered and will come with a tax stamp. Other than that I have seen barrels as small as 8″ for some AR-15 pistols(yes there are pistol variants if you haven’t found any within the month of this reply). The only problem with the pistol is you can’t have a stock, otherwise it becomes an illegal SBR. You can find pistol braces which are for all intents and purposes a fixed stock.

  53. Hello,

    I’m a Washington resident and have always been one. Today I went to talk to someone about purchasing a hand gun and he told me that I have to be at my current residence for 90 days before he could let me even apply to purchase. I’m 31 and this is the only state as an adult I’ve lived in. Is this right?! I moved but it was in the state and still in the same county.

  54. Does it Usually take 30 days to process a CCW. Or does it typically process faster?

    1. I got my original in about 10 days. I get my renewals in about a business week after renewing. But I renew at KC Police precinct that’s usually very low traffic

  55. Hey a friend of mine’s boyfriend has a large gun/ammo/Kevlar collection is there any restriction on how much he can store in their apartment in downtown Tacoma if they decide to move there?

    1. As long as everything was / is acquired and owned legally, no restrictions on quantity.

  56. I’m moving to the state and have a long rifle as well as a handgun. Can I get my permit when I arrive? I don’t have a lot of time before I get there so am I able to establish residency before I go to pick up a permit?

    1. This is what I am trying to find an answer for a well. I am not a felon and am thinking about checking into getting a concealed weapons permit but I want to first make sure that my fiancee who is a felon won’t get in trouble for possibly being around a gun.

      1. As long as they are owned and registered to you, and she never carries them, you should be ok. I would caution you that marrying someone with a felony will effect you your entire life. Considering high divorce rates in the US… well, if you’re really sure this is “the one and only” for you, you might want to see if she can get her record expunged or have her gun rights restored. Don’t mean to be a debbie downer, but life is tough enough on it’s own.

    2. Yes, you can legally carry a gun. The problem arises when you legally carry your gun in to the home you share with a felon who is not allowed to have guns. Their house their gun us how the law is going to treat it.
      A felon can not live in the same home as guns.

  57. Can I loan out my rifle for target shooting to a friend in Washington

    1. As of 2014, Washington passed a law requiring a federal background check for all private sales or transfers of firearms. While the law is indeed intended for more permanent transfers, the wording leaves “loans” on pretty shaky ground. Personally, I would not loan out my weapons anymore. There are plenty of shooting ranges in Washington that rent weapons for target shooting on site.

    2. If you are in their presence while target shooting yes, otherwise no. i594 text was amended to allow folks to go target shooting about a year ago.
      https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.41.113
      (1) All firearm sales or transfers, in whole or part in this state including without limitation a sale or transfer where either the purchaser or seller or transferee or transferor is in Washington, shall be subject to background checks unless specifically exempted by state or federal law. The background check requirement applies to all sales or transfers including, but not limited to, sales and transfers through a licensed dealer, at gun shows, online, and between unlicensed persons.
      (4) This section does not apply to:
      (g) The temporary transfer of a firearm
      (v) under circumstances in which the transferee and the firearm remain in the presence of the transferor;

  58. When I was younger my ex wife wasn’t following our court order for my visitations with my kids so I stopped paying support I was charged and convicted with a felony for this it has been 11 yrs and I no longer owe anything can I still by a firearm

  59. We are going to be vacationing in Tacoma area for a week in June, what are the restrictions for carrying in a towed (5th wheel) vehicle? We are coming from Colorado and I have a permit for that state.

    1. You can transport it unloaded in an opaque case. You can’t conceal carry, but open carry is legal without a permit. Just make sure to unload and stow it when you are in a vehicle.

  60. If my husband owns a guns, do I need to register them to carry them? As long as I have my own CPL?

    1. Yes but you are responsible for preventing their access to your weapons and may be held liable for anything they do with them, even if they take them without your permission.

  61. If moving to Washington state from Wyoming what is the accepted way to transport my weapons?

  62. All Wa state gun laws are unconstitutional. Can a state restrict free speach? Free press? Can Wa state decide women cant vote? Federally protected rights can not be infringed upon by states. The very fact people are ok with it means, their freedom metrics are broken.

      1. Looky here Michael Bolton/Kenny G !! What are the odds? Move it on over 38 special,it’s over velvet revolver.

  63. So I’m 18, and I’m wondering if i can or can not purchase a rifle? Would I need a parent or legal guardian above the age of 21 to do so or how would that work?

    1. Author

      This is not legal advice. But you should be OK at 18 to purchase a rifle. For a handgun you will need to be 21.

      1. Get it soon. Starting Jan 1 2019 you will need to be 21 to purchase any semiauto weapon thanks to the idiots who just voted in more gun controls.

    2. As of July 2020 everyone in WA will have to be 21+ to own or purchase ANY firearm including long guns and shotguns

  64. I have a few firearms I would like to sell. I am a Washington resident. Can I sell these firearms to unlicensed individuals in Idaho, as there is an occasional gun show at the Washington/Idaho State line, 30 minutes from my home. There are both handguns and long guns involved.

    1. Author

      RCW 9.41.124
      Purchasing by nonresidents.
      Residents of a state other than Washington may purchase rifles and shotguns in Washington: PROVIDED, That such residents conform to the applicable provisions of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968, Title IV, Pub. L. 90-351 as administered by the United States secretary of the treasury: AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That such residents are eligible to purchase or possess such weapons in Washington and in the state in which such persons reside: AND PROVIDED FURTHER, That such residents are subject to the procedures and background checks required by this chapter.

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