WASHINGTON GUN LAWS
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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.
Washington is a “shall issue” state.
Non-resident permits are available.
The permit is valid for 5 years.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Have no pending charges.
- Have no outstanding arrest warrants.
- Have no felony convictions.
- Are subject to a court order or injunction concerning the possession of firearms.
- Are 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 – Prohibits the following persons
- You may complete an application form at one of the following law enforcement offices:
- 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 Washington.
Late renewal: $42
Firearms dealer license: $125
Alien firearms license: $50 plus fingerprinting fees
Acceptable forms of payment
Check, Money order – payable to the law enforcement agency
WITH CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT
Where You Can Carry
- State parks
- State and national forests
- State wildlife management area’s
- Road side rest areas
- All areas of the state – except those listed below
Where You Cannot Carry
- 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;
- 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.
Details on Washington Gun Laws
The application for a concealed carry permit/license must be processed within 30 days of the application being received if you have a Washington drivers license. If you do not have a Washington drivers license the processing time increases to 90 days
Washington gun laws require you to have your permit/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.
“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.
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 permit, you can carry a loaded firearm in a vehicle as long as you have your permit with you at all times.
Open carry without a permit is legal. However, you will need a permit/license to carry a loaded firearm in any vehicle. Any vehicle means cars, buses, and trains. The minimum age for open carry is 21.
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.
You are permitted to carry in state parks, state forests, WMA’s and roadside rest areas.
Get in Touch
King County Courthouse
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm
Address 516 Third Ave, Rm W-150
CitySeattle, WA 98104
Phone (206) 263-2626