Being that I am a non-resident, I figure this is important to know as well. Loaded OC is allowed on foot without a permit, BUT -- big BUT, no loaded carry in a car without a valid permit for WA. Any mags may be kept near the gun (and loaded), but both the mag well and chamber must be empty for semi-autos and the cylinder must be empty for revolvers. I've been told that you can store the unloaded gun anywhere you like as long as it is unloaded. Others please confirm.Hey all,
I am a CA resident, which sucks because we can currently only open carry while unloaded and they are trying to take that away from us too.¬*
But I visit WA every now and then¬*because my family has property up there. I plan to bring my handgun with me next time I visit WA but I want to confirm a few things with you resident carriers.
From what I have read, I can legally open carry a loaded handgun without a concealed permit as long as Im not in a vehicle, on school property, or in a government building. Is this correct? And all local laws are preempted by WA state law so it shouldnt matter where in the state I am.
Do the officers in WA have a pretty decent knowledge of the open carry laws or should I expect a negative encounter and¬*make sure to have¬*my recorder running?
Any tips or advice would be great. I dont plan to enter any government buildings or schools and if I im in¬*the car, I will unload it and lock it in a container until¬*I reach¬*my destination. At which point,¬*I will then load and holster it openly on my hip.
I don't know about police, but if you are in Seattle Metro, I would expect that a few LEO's are not well informed about OC's legality here. You will be much better off than Cali, but as my family has already told me: this is not Arizona! Open carry has been a cake walk for me so far, so I am in "unfriendly" territory compared to what I am used to but you will feel far more free here than in PRKali. But if you/and me are armed with information and are professional and confident, I expect few problems.