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    Washington State is for all intents and purposes an open carry state. However, a law that was passed to target the Black Panthers in 1969 gums things up for open carriers. This law was passed unanimously back during the Panthers era due to the "invasion" of the California Legislature in 1967.

    Washington state passed this law on the first opportunity it could. Oregon passed similar but not the same legislation. Washington passed this law affecting intimidation and threatening behavior. Oregon passed a locational ban (similar to what the WA had in the bill that create this law) that exempted law enforcement and CHL holders.

    This law was passed unanimously to target political radical groups carrying guns to intimidate the public. Looking at the wording of the Washington State constitution, you can see that our right to keep and bear arms do not protect the organization, employment, or equiping of an "armed body of men", which the Panthers certainly would have qualified as and therefor not subject to such protections. Heck, one of the representatives who voted no the voted yes on the bill due to a misunderstanding of the bill as a "gun control" bill, which it was not according to the sponsor.

    Fast forward to 1994. The case and carry law passes in the Washington State Legislature. This law was a local option law that counties could opt out of, and required you possess a CPL to carry any loaded pistol. Open carry without a permit was illegal and Washington became a "licensed open carry" state. Three years passed and the Legislature repealed the law due to it's ineffective status, and the Governor signed. Unfortunately, it would seem that a lot of cops did not get the memo, especially in Puget Sound, Spokane, and Clark County/Vancouver areas.

    Efforts are being made to rectify the situation, such as educating law enforcement via their training divisions. Some brave souls such as sandy are open carrying around King County.

    That's pretty much it.

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    I wanted to add this little point:

    RCW 9.41.270 was originally HB123 in the 1969 Legislature. There was two provisions to this law: An intimidation ban and a 500 foot within a public building ban. The "Exceptions" provision was meant more of a manner of exempting from the 500 feet ban more so than the intimidation ban, but it was kept nonetheless. It also originally exempted CPL holders (Which would have made RCW 9.41.270 a moot point for CPL holders and turn it into a licensed open carry state).

    The locational ban was removed due to concerns that persons would get arrested for peacefully carrying their firearms near public buildings, and the licensing exemption was removed as well due to the locational nature of that exemption. The idea of requiring carry permits for carrying a handgun openly in the state of Washington at that time was an unthinkable concept to the Legislature at that point.

    What we were left with was basically panicked political compromise between the House and the Senate, who were trying to pass a ban as quick as possible to prevent the Black Panthers from storming the Washington Legislature.

    That being said, the Legislature never intended for peacible open carry to be banned. They were targetting radical political groups. Period. Regardless of what Spokane Transit or certain police agencies in the state, that was their intention.

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    Ihave to believe that the laws in place at the time did not allow for armed thugs to storm the capital building and terrorize the citizenry and "public servants".

    Although, terrorizing so called public servants might well be a good idea, although I think the best place for that is at the ballot box.




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    RCW 9.41.270

    (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to carry, exhibit, display, or draw any firearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, or any other weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm, 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.
    How is that not a "if the sheeple get skittish you are breaking the law" law? Can't that be applied to anyone if someone feels like their safety is in danger at the mere presence of a firearm? Lonnie, you've been doing this a lot longer than I have, so I'm just wondering what that last part means, practically. What does that have to look like before you'll be arrested?

    Thanks.
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    The source of this bill was back in 1967 when the California Legislature was invaded by members of the Black Panthers. This caused Oregon and Washington to react to it by passing laws at their earliest possible opportunity.

    Those laws are codified in RCW 9.41.270 and ORS 166.370(1) and 166.370(3).

    I don't have the history of Oregon's bill (I need to go down to the archives in Salem and pull it up), but they probably follow along the lines of similar, except that Oregon's law was locational and Washington's law was intimidative.

    http://www.claytoncramer.com/Popular...nCarryBan.html

    The "two acquaintences" of his was myself and Jim March (Jim resided up here because he was working for BBV). We actually went down to Olympia and sat in the archives room for almost 5 hours, pouring through every piece of documentation we could get on RCW 9.41.270. Clayton's work was good, but it didn't go into huge amount of detail over the bickering that occured back in 1969 and the actual wording of the language.

    First, the Black Panthers as an intimidative force across the country. California passed the Mulford Act due to their actions. And guess which was the first Panthers chapter outside of California? You guessed it, Seattle. One of the leaders of the Panthers movement up here in Washington is now running on the Green Party nomination for US Senator, Aaron Dixon.

    There also was a local (to Seattle area) invasion, too. of Rainier Beach High School. You can read more about it here. This occured in 1968, and was one of the impetus besides the California invasion. in fact, the Rainier Beach incident may have actually caused them to go forward with the drafting of the bill.

    Now, RCW 9.41.270 started up in life as HB123. Here is a copy of the bill....

    (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully carry, exhibit, display, or draw any firearm, dagger, sword, knife or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, or any other weapon apparently capable of producing bodily harm, 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.

    (2) It shall be unlawful for any person to carry, exhibit, display or draw any firearm, dagger, sword, knife, or other cutting or stabbing instrument, club, or other apparently dangerous weapon while on the premesis of any public building or on any public property without within 500 feet of any public building. For the purposes of this section, the term "public building" shall mean any building owned by the state or any political subdivision thereof, other than an apartment building or a building that is used to provide housing for others.
    (3) Any person violating the provisions of subsection (1) or (2) above shall be guilty of a gross misdemeanor.
    (4) Subsection (1) or (2)of this act shall not apply to or affect the following:

    (a) Any act committed by a person while in his or her place of abode or fixed place of business;
    (b) Any person who by virtue of his or her office or public employment is vested by law with a duty to preserve public safety, maintain public order, or to make arrests for offenses, while in the performance of such duty;
    (c) Any person acting for the purpose of protecting himself or herself against the use of presently threatened unlawful force by another, or for the purpose of protecting another against the use of such unlawful force by a third person;
    (d) Any person making or assisting in making a lawful arrest for the commission of a felony;
    (e) Any person engaged in military activities sponsored by the federal or state governments; or
    (f) Any person carrying a firearm who is licensed under any state or federal law to do so.

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    Lonnie here again. I highlighted the parts that were deleted out of the bill at the end. Now as you can see, the bill was both a locational ban and a intimidative ban at first. However, it exempted ALL persons who were licensed to carry under any state or federal law.

    The House Judiciary committee were the primary ones who stripped out the provisions here as stated, with the exception of "willfully" being taken out (that was removed by state Senate amendment).

    Someone made a comment during the House debate that they originally voted against the bill thinking that it was a "gun control law". In 1969, it would seem that the idea of banning peacible open carrying of handguns by those who were not involved in the panthers was unthinkable, even in Seattle. They wanted this law to go after the Panthers alone.

    Ask yourselves this question: Why would the Legislature even propose both an intimidation ban and a locational ban in the first place? If carrying a handgun openly is intimidating by itself, why even take the extra step and ban open carry within public buildings and public property within 500 feet. The locational ban did not require a factor of intimidation. In fact, they stated that if you were licensed to do so, you could carry despite both the first and second subsection.

    The "exceptions" in the law were left in (for the locational bans primarily) due to the Legislature being rushed and not paying attention, due to the fact that they had machine gun nests outside of the Legislature thinking that the Panthers were going to storm in with guns by the thousands. The law took effect immediately. A few Panthers did go and protest outside of the Capitol on the steps after the nests left, they did have their rifles with them, yet they were not arrested or charged even though RCW 9.41.270 was in effect that day. You can see the photos here.

    Also, read Article 1, Section 24 of the state constitution. It states:

    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.

    The Black Panthers certainly were an organized, armed body of men.

    The source of this bullcrap that open carry is banned entirely, or open carry is banned if someone calls the cops and is alarmed, does come from certain sources, and not from others.

    They do not come from the state's two police academies, and there's only two in Washington, the State Patrol Academy (WSP officers only) in Shelton, and the WSCJTC. I have spoken with both of their training divisions, and neither of them have any sort of material saying open carry is illegal, only concealed carry on foot being illegal without a license and the loaded carry of a pistol being illegal in a vehicle without a license.

    Another problem is still of officers still think the case and carry law is still in effect (unlike the actual case and carry law memo sent out, the repeal memo was rather small and easily overlooked). This was was in effect, again, between 1994 and 1997.

    Yet another problem is the addition of this language to RCW 9.41.270:

    If any person is convicted of a violation of subsection (1) of this section, the person shall lose his or her concealed pistol license, if any. The court shall send notice of the revocation to the department of licensing, and the city, town, or county which issued the license.

    I've heard some officers state that this law means "the state has demanded that you conceal your handgun or you lose your license". However, what is not shown by this law is that this exact language was added on to other RCW's (specifically RCW 9.41.280, the school carry law) by the same Violence Prevention Act that added it to 270. The Legislature here was not trying to tell us that they wanted open carry banned by this language in 1994. They were already doing that with the case and carry law, which was repealed in 1997 due to the efforts of Senator Hargrove with SB5326. The rest of the Violence Prevention Act of 1994 remained in effect.

    The problem here is not with the academies, the problem here is individual officers and departments being a bunch of and letting their own personal prejudices into their work, or hearing advice from senior officers who are saying this without verifying that actual law, or the history of said law. Folks, there are officers in the SEATTLE PD believe that open carry is legal. The problem is getting the departments training divisions on the same ballpark so that EVERYONE knows about it, along with the 911 operators and so on.

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    Lonnie, holy cow. Thank you so much. That is great info. I am a researcher by trade so the context provided is like gold to me. It makes a lot more sense now. Unfortunately, the original context of this law probably doesn't matter for current cases.

    Good to know that the two academies are informing the recruits in the legality of OC.

    Thanks again for all of your work.

    Zack

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    Unfortunately, the original context of this law probably doesn't matter for current cases.
    Courts do look at legislative intent. Even here in Washington State.

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    Hey Zack, can you email me off list please?

    lonnie.wilson at comcast.net?

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    So is it legal to open carry in Washington or not???

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    Yes.

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    Riegertuned wrote:
    So is it legal to open carry in Washington or not???
    And a quick glance through this forum would have established that as well.

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    sv_libertarian wrote:
    And a quick glance through this forum would have established that as well.
    Some people just need the obvious stated.

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    Riegertuned wrote:
    So is it legal to open carry in Washington or not???

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    just_a_car wrote:
    I absolutely love the magic card. Nice job with the photoshop. It was also interesting to read Lonnie's early posting. I had never heard the back story before so let's cut the guy just a little slack.


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    Quick lookover still no answer.... There is no exact answer here. AKA nobody has said yes its legal or no its not... Just quoting unclear state laws...

    If you find exact words please let me know...

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    Open carry is not SPECIFICALLY PROHIBITED, therefore it is legal. You will find no specific law that comes out and says "open carry of a holstered firearm is legal." You will find what is NOT legal, and therefore anything left is legal. That is a basic part of law, anything not proscribed is in fact legal.

    Did you read the FAQ's? Did you look at the multitude of training bulletins issued by police agencies?



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    Just signed up... first post!

    Hello everyone. I moved to King Co. (Seattle, WA.) just a year ago.[img]images/emoticons/Monkey.gif[/img] Before I was raised on a Texas ranch and went to the Navy out of High school. There I obtained a high level of security and wore a weapon regularly. I have even taken the law enforcement training classes. [img]images/emoticons/cool.gif[/img] That said, I have studied the Washington law for this year and believe I am now ready to open carry effectively. Although I am an extremely fair and humble person to others rights... I don't look it. [img]images/emoticons/dude.gif[/img] I know I will be harassed and want to be sure I am protected. I have seen the Ridley videos and want to know if there is phone number like PORC 411 we can call to broadcast our rights being violated?

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    .... another thread erected from the grave!!!!! LOL!!!
    I am the person responsible for myself, my wife and my son. I take that VERY seriously.

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    tyguy808 wrote:
    .... another thread erected from the grave!!!!! LOL!!!
    Yup.

    Hey, aryk, if you have a question you should make a new thread, this one is 3 years old. Welcome to OCDO.

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    kito109654 wrote:
    tyguy808 wrote:
    .... another thread erected from the grave!!!!! LOL!!!
    Yup.

    Hey, aryk, if you have a question you should make a new thread, this one is 3 years old. Welcome to OCDO.
    Ha ha. I just signed up and started reading everything. Going a little post crazy, but hey... you guys have nobody to blame but yourselves for getting me excited about my rights!
    Thanks for the welcome and I'll be sure to check the dates more frequently

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    im 18 and i have a hand gun. is it legal for me to carry on my own property?

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    Can we delete entries like this one?

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    I'm no lawyer by any means, but I know how to find information quickly. According to Washington state legislature, Under RCW 9.41.240, you must be 21 years of age to carry a loaded handgun in public. Unless an exception under RCW 9.41.042, 9.41.050, or 9.41.060 applies, a person at least eighteen years of age, but less than twenty-one years of age, may possess a pistol only:

    (1) In the person's place of abode;

    (2) At the person's fixed place of business; or

    (3) On real property under his or her control.
    So I would say it's ok. Anybody else?
    Check out this address: nwcdl.org/faq.html

    veedubman wrote:
    im 18 and i have a hand gun. is it legal for me to carry on my own property?

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    veedubman wrote:
    im 18 and i have a hand gun. is it legal for me to carry on my own property?
    rcw 9.41.050(1)(a) in your abode you can carry concealed or open.

    rcw 9.41.060(8) when engaged in lawful outdoor recreational acivity you can carry a gun, but not concealed.

    get a firearms safety the law and you booklet from the sherriffs office. it is free, it has all the 9.41 laws in it.a great resorce of facts to study, ask lotsa guestions on the forum, read through the topics in here, then the posts of topics that point to your situation, you can learn alot.

    youre young, and your guestion leads me to believe that youre just gettin started in your 2A learnin, dont rush your self, it can be easy to get your self jammed up.

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    OH CRAP.

    THAT MEANS SINCE WE ALL HAVE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS WE'RE PART OF AN ORGANIZATION!!!!1

    ...don't feed the gun control bears.
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