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    is it legal to carry your firearm in the state capital or governors place of business?

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    There is nothing in the following statutes that restrict the carrying of a firearm in the state capital:

    Weapons prohibited in certain places — Local laws and ordinances — Exceptions — Penalty.
    (1) It is unlawful for any person to enter the following places when he or she knowingly possesses or knowingly has under his or her control a weapon:

    (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).

    For purposes of this subsection (1)(b), "weapon" means any firearm, explosive as defined in RCW 70.74.010, or any weapon of the kind usually known as slung shot, sand club, or metal knuckles, or any knife, dagger, dirk, or other similar weapon that is capable of causing death or bodily injury and is commonly used with the intent to cause death or bodily injury.

    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;

    (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

    (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:

    (a) Restricting the discharge of firearms in any portion of their respective jurisdictions where there is a reasonable likelihood that humans, domestic animals, or property will be jeopardized. Such laws and ordinances shall not abridge the right of the individual guaranteed by Article I, section 24 of the state Constitution to bear arms in defense of self or others; and

    (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

    (ii) Any showing, demonstration, or lecture involving the exhibition of firearms.

    (3)(a) Cities, towns, and counties may enact ordinances restricting the areas in their respective jurisdictions in which firearms may be sold, but, except as provided in (b) of this subsection, a business selling firearms may not be treated more restrictively than other businesses located within the same zone. An ordinance requiring the cessation of business within a zone shall not have a shorter grandfather period for businesses selling firearms than for any other businesses within the zone.

    (b) Cities, towns, and counties may restrict the location of a business selling firearms to not less than five hundred feet from primary or secondary school grounds, if the business has a storefront, has hours during which it is open for business, and posts advertisements or signs observable to passersby that firearms are available for sale. A business selling firearms that exists as of the date a restriction is enacted under this subsection (3)(b) shall be grandfathered according to existing law.

    (4) Violations of local ordinances adopted under subsection (2) of this section must have the same penalty as provided for by state law.

    (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.

    RCW 9.41.280Possessing dangerous weapons on school facilities — Penalty — Exceptions.

    *** CHANGE IN 2009 *** (SEE 5263-S.SL) ***

    (1) It is unlawful for a person to carry onto, or to possess on, public or private elementary or secondary school premises, school-provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public or private schools:

    (a) Any firearm;

    (b) Any other dangerous weapon as defined in RCW 9.41.250;

    (c) Any device commonly known as "nun-chu-ka sticks", consisting of two or more lengths of wood, metal, plastic, or similar substance connected with wire, rope, or other means;

    (d) Any device, commonly known as "throwing stars", which are multi-pointed, metal objects designed to embed upon impact from any aspect; or

    (e) Any air gun, including any air pistol or air rifle, designed to propel a BB, pellet, or other projectile by the discharge of compressed air, carbon dioxide, or other gas.

    (2) Any such person violating subsection (1) of this section is guilty of a gross misdemeanor. If any person is convicted of a violation of subsection (1)(a) of this section, the person shall have his or her concealed pistol license, if any revoked for a period of three years. Anyone convicted under this subsection is prohibited from applying for a concealed pistol license for a period of three years. The court shall send notice of the revocation to the department of licensing, and the city, town, or county which issued the license.

    Any violation of subsection (1) of this section by elementary or secondary school students constitutes grounds for expulsion from the state's public schools in accordance with RCW 28A.600.010. An appropriate school authority shall promptly notify law enforcement and the student's parent or guardian regarding any allegation or indication of such violation.

    Upon the arrest of a person at least twelve years of age and not more than twenty-one years of age for violating subsection (1)(a) of this section, the person shall be detained or confined in a juvenile or adult facility for up to seventy-two hours. The person shall not be released within the seventy-two hours until after the person has been examined and evaluated by the *county-designated mental health professional unless the court in its discretion releases the person sooner after a determination regarding probable cause or on probation bond or bail.

    Within twenty-four hours of the arrest, the arresting law enforcement agency shall refer the person to the *county-designated mental health professional for examination and evaluation under chapter 71.05 or 71.34 RCW and inform a parent or guardian of the person of the arrest, detention, and examination. The *county-designated mental health professional shall examine and evaluate the person subject to the provisions of chapter 71.05 or 71.34 RCW. The examination shall occur at the facility in which the person is detained or confined. If the person has been released on probation, bond, or bail, the examination shall occur wherever is appropriate.

    The *county-designated mental health professional may determine whether to refer the person to the county-designated chemical dependency specialist for examination and evaluation in accordance with chapter 70.96A RCW. The county-designated chemical dependency specialist shall examine the person subject to the provisions of chapter 70.96A RCW. The examination shall occur at the facility in which the person is detained or confined. If the person has been released on probation, bond, or bail, the examination shall occur wherever is appropriate.

    Upon completion of any examination by the *county-designated mental health professional or the county-designated chemical dependency specialist, the results of the examination shall be sent to the court, and the court shall consider those results in making any determination about the person.

    The *county-designated mental health professional and county-designated chemical dependency specialist shall, to the extent permitted by law, notify a parent or guardian of the person that an examination and evaluation has taken place and the results of the examination. Nothing in this subsection prohibits the delivery of additional, appropriate mental health examinations to the person while the person is detained or confined.

    If the *county-designated mental health professional determines it is appropriate, the *county-designated mental health professional may refer the person to the local regional support network for follow-up services or the department of social and health services or other community providers for other services to the family and individual.


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    That's interesting. Who makes the W.A.C.'s and how do they differ from the R.C.W.'s?

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    NavyLT wrote:
    U8Dust wrote:
    is it legal to carry your firearm in the state capital or governors place of business?
    Sort of. There is a WAC (Washington Administrative Code) that - get this, doesn't make sense, makes it illegal to carry an illegally carried firearm on state capitol grounds. The WAC search site is not responding at the moment, I'll post it when it comes up.

    Got to love it when they pass "rules" or laws that make something illegiler. :quirky

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    Yes it is. I have carried concealed several times through the capitol buildings, there are no signs or metal detectors. The only time I didn't carry was when we were there with school kids and I had to ride on the school bus.

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    Yes. The FAQ's here include cites back to the laws that define where you cannot carry.



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    Found this thread while researching possibility of OC'ing tomorrow at the rally (Capitol grounds). This is kinda scary, to me. Like the thread here says, the WAC makes things muddier as far as OC goes. This may especially be the case in the mind of a LEO.

    Has anyone ever tested OC at the Capitol? Any LEO encounters to go by?

    Admittedly, the WAC here is ridiculous. But I'd bet 9/10 people would read that and come to the conclusion firearms not allowed. Then you could point to the final sentence and probably convince someone CC is OK. But this WAC in its convoluted wording and reference to RCWs seems to really mess up things for OC (since 9.41 only talks about CC).

    What do you think?

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    I think that the WAC itself seems to allow carry that is legal under the RCWs. I also think that a WAC cannot trump the state or the federal constitution. I also think that one could read the WAC and conclude that carry is prohibited, and a carrier could be cited. If that happens call me.

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    You can carry on the Capitol grounds in any fashion that is legal in this state.

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    FMCDH wrote:
    NavyLT wrote:
    U8Dust wrote:
    is it legal to carry your firearm in the state capital or governors place of business?
    Sort of. There is a WAC (Washington Administrative Code) that - get this, doesn't make sense, makes it illegal to carry an illegally carried firearm on state capitol grounds. The WAC search site is not responding at the moment, I'll post it when it comes up.

    Got to love it when they pass "rules" or laws that make something illegiler. :quirky
    What it does is gives the lawyers one more law they can use to charge someone for a single act. So someone does one stupid thing and the court can charge them with 10 different things.

    It's the same with the "hate crime" laws. It's already a crime to assault someone, but they add an extra charge if you "hate" them. They have effectively made an emotion illegal.

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    sirpuma wrote:

    Got to love it when they pass "rules" or laws that make something illegiler. :quirky
    What it does is gives the lawyers one more law they can use to charge someone for a single act. So someone does one stupid thing and the court can charge them with 10 different things.

    It's the same with the "hate crime" laws. It's already a crime to assault someone, but they add an extra charge if you "hate" them. They have effectively made an emotion illegal.
    O!, so true. One of the top ten stupidest things I have ever heard. What idiot came up with that again....O, it was Clinton! go fig.

    Just another feel good law. Racism and its ilk are idiotic in and of themselves, but if being an idiot were illegal, we would have no room in California for anyone else.

    O....did I say that out loud?

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