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Thread: Interesting info from Intercity Transit

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    An operator for IT told me that all operators have been made aware that it is legal to OC on the bus, and to transport cased longarms and ammo. That's the good news. The bad news is that he told me IT will try and get the state to allow them to return to their old policies. Below is the letter I wrote to their director Mike Harbour. Once I confirm IT understands the legality of OC, I will have an OC report on the bus here in Oly...

    I spoke with one of your operators who told me that IT has informed all operators that state law allows for transport of firearms on buses and that the wearing of a sidearm either concealed or open with a valid concealed weapons permit is legal. I was also told that IT will attempt to try and take legal steps to ensure that citizens can be barred from lawfully transporting/carrying firearms on the bus.

    I would point out to you that as a municipal corporation, IT is subject to state preemption laws (RCW 9.41.290) regarding firearms. Also RCW 9.91.025 already addresses firearms on transit vehicles or property. The State Constitution also carefully protects the rights of citizens to bear arms for personal protection. This being said, I would suggest IT's limited dollars may be best spent elsewhere other than legal action.

    I do appreciate that IT now has a more complete understanding of the lawful transport and possession of firearms on transit property. King County Metro, Pierce Transit, Community Transit, Everett Transit and Sound Transit have all adopted policies in line with state law. It is futile for IT to fight this.

    Thank you for your time.

    Steve Coffman

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    I doubt that IT would be successul in obtaining any "exemption" or having the law changed to allow a "patchwork" of laws across the State prohibiting (or allowing, for that matter) firearms on public transit.

    The reason there is a Preemption Statute is to prevent what previously passed for Firearm regulation in Washington State.
    "If I shoot all the ammo I am carrying I either won't need anymore or more won't help"

    "If you refuse to stand up for others now, who will stand up for you when your time comes?"

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