Washington Gun Laws
Open Carry: Unrestricted under state law in most public places Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Only when asked by the officer State Parks: Concealed handgun carry by recognized permit holders is allowed Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No specific restrictions Firearms at Colleges: Schools individually decide the weapons policy. Firearms at K-12 Schools: Washington permittee with handgun is lawful when picking up or dropping off a student Magazine Capacity Limitations: No restrictions Suppressor Ownership: Lawful Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees: Handguns must be unloaded and secured in commercial gun cases; long guns must be unloaded. Firearm Law Uniformity: Preemption Statute in place. Laws should be uniform throughout the state Permit Training Requirements: There is no required training to get your Washington concealed weapons permit. Permit Issuing Authority: The Police Chief or Sheriff in the specific City or County you reside in. May/Shall Issue: Shall Issue State Website: link Length of Permit Validity: You must renew your permit every 5 years Permit Application Process: You can apply for your concealed weapons permit at your local Police Station or Sheriff’s Office in the area you reside in. Non-Resident Permits: Non-Residents may apply and have the same fees as Residents. Places Off Limits: (a) The restricted access areas of a jail, or of a law enforcement facility, or any place used for the confinement of a person (i) arrested for, charged with, or convicted of an offense, (ii) held for extradition or as a material witness, or (iii) otherwise confined pursuant to an order of a court, except an order under chapter 13.32A or 13.34 RCW. Restricted access areas do not include common areas of egress or ingress open to the general public; (b) Those areas in any building which are used in connection with court proceedings, including courtrooms, jury rooms, judge’s chambers, offices and areas used to conduct court business, waiting areas, and corridors adjacent to areas used in connection with court proceedings. The restricted areas do not include common areas of ingress and egress to the building that is used in connection with court proceedings, when it is possible to protect court areas without restricting ingress and egress to the building. The restricted areas shall be the minimum necessary to fulfill the objective of this subsection (1)(b). In addition, the local legislative authority shall provide either a stationary locked box sufficient in size for pistols and key to a weapon owner for weapon storage, or shall designate an official to receive weapons for safekeeping, during the owner’s visit to restricted areas of the building. The locked box or designated official shall be located within the same building used in connection with court proceedings. The local legislative authority shall be liable for any negligence causing damage to or loss of a weapon either placed in a locked box or left with an official during the owner’s visit to restricted areas of the building. The local judicial authority shall designate and clearly mark those areas where weapons are prohibited, and shall post notices at each entrance to the building of the prohibition against weapons in the restricted areas; (c) The restricted access areas of a public mental health facility certified by the department of social and health services for inpatient hospital care and state institutions for the care of the mentally ill, excluding those facilities solely for evaluation and treatment. Restricted access areas do not include common areas of egress and ingress open to the general public; EXCEPTION: this section does not apply to any administrator or employee of the facility or to any person who, upon entering the place or facility, directly and promptly proceeds to the administrator of the facility or the administrator’s designee and obtains written permission to possess the firearm while on the premises. (d) That portion of an establishment classified by the state liquor control board as off-limits to persons under twenty-one years of age; or EXCEPTIONS: proprietor of the premises or his or her employees while engaged in their employment. (e) The restricted access areas of a commercial service airport designated in the airport security plan approved by the federal transportation security administration, including passenger screening checkpoints at or beyond the point at which a passenger initiates the screening process. These areas do not include airport drives, general parking areas and walkways, and shops and areas of the terminal that are outside the screening checkpoints and that are normally open to unscreened passengers or visitors to the airport. Any restricted access area shall be clearly indicated by prominent signs indicating that firearms and other weapons are prohibited in the area. (2) Cities, towns, counties, and other municipalities may enact laws and ordinances: (b) Restricting the possession of firearms in any stadium or convention center, operated by a city, town, county, or other municipality, except that such restrictions shall not apply to: (i) Any pistol in the possession of a person licensed under RCW 9.41.070 or exempt from the licensing requirement by RCW 9.41.060; or (5) The perimeter of the premises of any specific location covered by subsection (1) of this section shall be posted at reasonable intervals to alert the public as to the existence of any law restricting the possession of firearms on the premises. Resident Permit Reciprocity:
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