Yesterday I was out with my wife enjoying a drink in the bar at Cactus in Kirkland. (Naturally I left my firearm secured in our vehicle to be in compliance with the relevant RCWs.) I noticed a small framed sign on the wall behind the beer taps, proclaiming "Firearms prohibited in this area."
Upon reading it a little further, however, the sign actually cited -- properly -- the RCWs restricting carry in the bar area of an establishment, and seemed to me to be educational in nature. It mentioned something about which section of the RCWs govern firearms in general.
It might have been some kind of boilerplate text but I've never seen a sign like that in Washington and also it had the restaurant's logo on it so there was clearly some custom work that had gone into it. I actually asked a bartender about whether the rest of the place is friendly for responsible carry of firearms and kinda caught him off-guard; he said something like "I think so, if registered and all that," which is a reasonable response from someone who may not be as educated as we are about the situation with firearm law in Washington.
All in all it left me feeling like Cactus might be a friendly place for responsible exercise of our rights; at the very least they had taken the step of posting informative and legally correct information.
Does anyone know whether they've had problems in their bar with people carrying? Or whether the owner might be rights friendly? Either are good -- for example if they've had problems clearly they didn't over
react and try to ban guns in their restraurant.
Anyone ever OCed on Park Lane during the busy summer season (when the area is packed with diners, families, etc)? Seems to me like a risky proposition, but then again I really don't know how Kirkland PD views OC or guns in general.