As I was riding on the Seattle Link Light Rail from Seattle to SeaTac
airport, I noticed a posted sign with rules. One of the rules
approximately stated "Firearms and weapons prohibited".
A public entity in the state of Washington is not free to regulate
firearms. The Revised Code of Washington section 9.41.290, State
"The state of Washington hereby fully occupies and preempts the entire
field of firearms regulation within the boundaries of the state,
including the registration, licensing, possession, purchase, sale,
acquisition, transfer, discharge, and transportation of firearms, or
any other element relating to firearms or parts thereof, including
ammunition and reloader components. Cities, towns, and counties or
other municipalities may enact only those laws and ordinances relating
to firearms that are specifically authorized by state law, as in RCW
9.41.300, and are consistent with this chapter. Such local ordinances
shall have the same penalty as provided for by state law. Local laws
and ordinances that are inconsistent with, more restrictive than, or
exceed the requirements of state law shall not be enacted and are
preempted and repealed, regardless of the nature of the code, charter,
or home rule status of such city, town, county, or municipality."
The Revised Code of Washington does not regulate firearms in this
circumstance, beyond requiring a permit (for carry on vehicles).
As a public agency created by the state legislature, Sound Transit
does not have the authority to create legal restrictions beyond those
provided in the RCW. Accordingly, the Sound Transit Link Light Rail
prohibition on firearms appears to be in conflict with the state
Can you elaborate on this Link Light Rail rule? How is this
restriction in compliance with RCW 9.41.290?
I appreciate your attention to this matter.