Hello everyone! My name is Michael (or Mike). I'm new to the website! I can sure say it's an honor to officially be a part of this forum. I recently moved to Washington State from Minnesota, so I'm just familiarizing myself with all of the state laws regarding the possession and carry or a firearm.
I noticed R.C.W. 9.41.300 has a clear description on where firearms are prohibited, which included
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
(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 RCW. Restricted access areas do not include common areas of egress or ingress open to the general public;
(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.
Another R.C.W. read that you cannot carry in a manner that warrants alarm. Warrants alarm sounds very subjective, and I had one main concern. You see, I have a condition called chronic flatulence disease, and I often can't control my gas. It'll occur at the worst possible times, especially out in public. I can be doing every day activities, such as shopping, walking my dog, or jogging, and suddenly I'll have the worst gas ever, and it's never silent. It's very embarrassing. It's not uncommon for me to (forgive my slang here) shart myself as well, so I often carry around an extra pair of underwear and pants.
Anyway, I am bringing this up, because I wasn't sure if it was cause to warrant alarm to the public. If they hear me or see me passing gas/sharting, will it be enough to warrant alarm and cause panic, considering I would be carrying my firearm? (Please be aware that my firearm would remain in it's holster at all time) but considering it's so close to my back side, I don't know what the law would say about this.
Serious question. I am somewhat nervous to start open carrying in this wonderful state because of this issue.