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Thread: Private Investigator carrying while in the job?

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    Does a Private Investigator who is licensed in the state of Washington, need any armed licensing in order to legally carry while performing investigative duties in this state? Or can he carry as any other citizen can?

    I ask because I know it's unlawful for a contracted security officer to carry unless they are licensed as an armed guard. Does the same go for Private Investigator's? Or do they fall under the law as any other citizen would?

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    To carry they must be licensed as an Armed Private Investigator.

    See RCW 18.165
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    Don't forget about the weapon:

    RCW 18.165.060
    Armed private investigator license authority — Registration of firearms.

    (1) An armed private investigator license grants authority to the holder, while in the performance of his or her duties, to carry a firearm with which the holder has met the proficiency requirements established by the commission.

    (2) All firearms carried by armed private investigators in the performance of their duties must be owned by the employer and, if required by law, must be registered with the proper government agency.

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