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    First off let me say that I am both new to this state and this forum. I am one of those "pansy-a$$e$ from California" I believe is the appropriate terminology on this board

    That being said I am interested in possibly open carrying in the future and I am just trying to figure out a few things. I have been through the boards and have worked my way through a significant number of posts. I am confident that I know the general gist of the RCWs, although not which number is what or for who or how long or how many times and what have you not.

    My first question (I have a feeling the big scary BEAR is gonna flame me for this and I apologize in advance) I am more comfortable using a drop holster setup as it is what I have trained with and utilized in the past. That being said what are the possible legal ramifications of this? Is there any one who has done it? What are the possible LEO problems, if any, that may be associated with this type of a setup?

    Second (ok not really but still) can anyone recommend any other places of reference for finding out more about Washington state laws in regards to open carry, other than the RCW's and here? Other forums that deal with WA state issues?

    All help is greatly appreciated.
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    First and foremost, welcome to the forum!

    Second, you don't fit the "panty ass from Kalifornia" bill, seeing as how you're looking to open carry, haha!

    There's no law saying what kind of holster you can or can't use, so your drop leg holster is perfectly fine! In fact, Batousaii uses a rustic looking rig for his single action Ruger that would be the modern day equivalent of a drop leg holster. Police may hassle you but they can't actually do anything. I've OC'd plenty in Lakewood and haven't had any problem, I use a Blackhawk Serpa level II retention holster.

    Here you can open carry loaded to your heart's content. You only need a concealed pistol license for concealed carry and to have your pistol loaded in a vehicle. Without a CPL, you have to unload every time you get in a vehicle, which means no magazine containing ammunition in the gun, and no round in the chamber. Some people carry without one in the chamber when they don't have a CPL for the convenience of only having to remove the mag, rather than racking the slide to unchamber a round.

    Dang, we have several people in Lakewood now. Let's get a meetup going!
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    devildoc5 wrote:
    First off let me say that I am both new to this state and this forum. I am one of those "pansy-a$$e$ from California" I believe is the appropriate terminology on this board If you stay here, do not vote like they do in Kalifornia

    That being said I am interested in possibly open carrying in the future and I am just trying to figure out a few things. I have been through the boards and have worked my way through a significant number of posts. I am confident that I know the general gist of the RCWs, although not which number is what or for who or how long or how many times and what have you not. Print out the pamphlet found here and carry it with you... http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum55/32333.html

    My first question (I have a feeling the big scary BEAR is gonna flame me for this and I apologize in advance) I am more comfortable using a drop holster setup as it is what I have trained with and utilized in the past. That being said what are the possible legal ramifications of this?No legal remifications.Is there any one who has done it? Yes there are a couple. What are the possible LEO problems, if any, that may be associated with this type of a setup? You will be noticed more often than if you carry a black gun in a black holster on your hip. Be prepared to answer more questions from the public as well as from LEO.

    Second (ok not really but still) can anyone recommend any other places of reference for finding out more about Washington state laws in regards to open carry, other than the RCW's and here? This site covers it the absolute best, I would recommend that you continue to read this forum. Other forums that deal with WA state issues?

    All help is greatly appreciated.

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    Possibly, not too sure about the whole CPL yet I prefer Beretta actions and the 92fs is by far my favorite THUS far and those are just a LITTLE bit difficult to conceal...

    I am thinking about possibly trying out a few others and seeing if one will fit the concealed carry bill while still fitting nicely in my hands and being reliable. Havent found one I like yet, but that doesnt mean there isnt one out there.
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    G22Paddy wrote:
    Some people carry without one in the chamber when they don't have a CPL for the convenience of only having to remove the mag, rather than racking the slide to unchamber a round.
    I know I am from California and all and we have the unloaded open carry law....nut doesnt that kinda defeat the purpose of open carrying in the first place? That is the reason I refused to open carry in CA, it seemed more like a "see I have a weapon but I will never be able to draw load and rack a round in before you can pull your hommie pistol outta your waistband and shoot me twice"
    "And shepherds we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee.
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    Yep, that's exactly the problem.

    The only legal way around it is to get your concealed pistol license. That way you can have it fuly loaded everywhere, even in the car or bus.

    It's stupid, but it is what it is.
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    gogodawgs wrote:
    devildoc5 wrote:
    First off let me say that I am both new to this state and this forum. I am one of those "pansy-a$$e$ from California" I believe is the appropriate terminology on this board If you stay here, do not vote like they do in Kalifornia

    What's wrong with voting like they do in California? We are getting ready to legalize marijuana for all citizens thus creating MAJOR problems with the DEA and CA residents, we have non us citizens that run our state government, and we allow anyone to have an opinion except for U.S. citizens? Where is the error in that?

    Nope dont see anything wrong with that...lol
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    devildoc5 wrote:
    gogodawgs wrote:
    devildoc5 wrote:
    First off let me say that I am both new to this state and this forum. I am one of those "pansy-a$$e$ from California" I believe is the appropriate terminology on this board If you stay here, do not vote like they do in Kalifornia

    What's wrong with voting like they do in California? We are getting ready to legalize marijuana for all citizens thus creating MAJOR problems with the DEA and CA residents, we have non us citizens that run our state government, and we allow anyone to have an opinion except for U.S. citizens? Where is the error in that?

    Nope dont see anything wrong with that...lol
    Nope, nothing at all
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    j2l3 wrote:
    Yep, that's exactly the problem.

    The only legal way around it is to get your concealed pistol license. That way you can have it fuly loaded everywhere, even in the car or bus.

    It's stupid, but it is what it is.
    well I can understand the whole vehicle thing as that I GUESS could be misconstured as being concealed, however even if I dont immediately get a CPL I will be damn sure that I am locked cocked and ready to rock whenever it is legal to do so. I mean honestly how hard is it to remove the mag and rack the chamber back? all you gotta do then is place that round back in the mag. That should take a whole few seconds of "inconvienience" during a time when you can semi control the environment versus having to rack a round into the chamber after drawing and attempting to acquire sight picture while in a hostile environment.

    And I think (correct me if I am wrong here) I saw a post that stated according to the law you could TECHNICALLY have the pistol on your strong leg unloaded and the mag on your weak leg while driving and still be legal? Not that I would I am just trying to see if the old think box is still working right...

    Or am I just completely way off base here?
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    Not off base, really. Some people just carry without one in the chamber so they don't have to handle their carry piece out in public. I used to do this, and I practiced drawing and racking while on the way up to getting my sight picture. I was almost as fast at doing that as drawing without racking, but it there was a small difference. It's all a matter of personal preference. Also, it doesn't matter where the gun is on your person as long as you're not concealing it. It can be on your hip, on your leg, or even duct taped to your forehead! As long as it's not concealed on your person (i.e. under a jacket) then you're fine. The mag can be anywhere. It can be taped to the gun if you want, just not actually in the gun.
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    Not off base, no. Most people are just concerned with racking the slide out in the open, with people around. Right or wrong, it might get more people to call the police when there is no need.

    You can't do it IN the car, because then you would be in violation. Busses fall under the same restriction as cars. Racking the slide at a bus stop is probably not the best way to go either.
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    I personally (pending advice and cautionary tales from other more experienced persons) would believe that opening the door and placing the weapon inside the vehicle and removing the chambered round would not be any reason for anything to happen, yet again that is my own opinion and I defer to the wiser more experienced members
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    A couple of things. If one of your hands is incapacitated then having to rack the slide may not be the best way to carry. I believe that a CPL is the best way to deal with 'worst case' scenarios.

    There are carefully drawn out exclusions to having a CPL. So if you are always going hiking, camping, fishing..... you would be excluded. (Be aware there are no court precedents)
    RCW 9.41.060 Exceptions to Restrictions on carrying firarms.

    (8)Any person engaging in a lawful outdoor recreational activity such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or horseback riding, only if, considering all of the attendant circumstances, including but not limited to whether the person has a valid hunting or fishing license, it is reasonable to conclude that the person is participating in lawful outdoor activities or is traveling to or from a legitimate outdoor recreation area;

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    I have read that RCW nnumerous times and as I am not a lawyer (nor very bright at times it seems) I cannot for the life of me figure out what "attending circumstances" means. Anyone got any knowledgeable insight into this?
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    I would venture to guess if you had hiking gear with you, camping gear, stuff like that.
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    devildoc5 wrote:
    I have read that RCW nnumerous times and as I am not a lawyer (nor very bright at times it seems) I cannot for the life of me figure out what "attending circumstances" means. Anyone got any knowledgeable insight into this?
    Yes, to some degree you must have some sort of articuable proof that you are going to be hiking.

    If you are in a buiness suit..... nope.

    If there are no hiking trails around ..... nope.


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    Kinda what I was thinking, more of a "who goes hiking at 230 in the morning type of thing", but was unsure exactly.
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    Welcome aboard DevilDoc5. What Marine Unit had the pleasure of your service ? I have much respect for Navy Corpsmen, ours followed us any where and every where, trained with us, even wore our uniforms to our standards. Semper Fi Doc !
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    I was with 2/4 3/5 and RCT 5. Glad to know there are still some in this world who can pick up the whole devildoc thing! And as always Semper Fi!
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    Just an FYI - I am in the process of updating the whole FAQ document. More RCW info, and links.

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    OOOHRAAA ! K 3/5 here, prolly before your time. I'm still defending the Constitution of the Unites Sates !
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    yeah prolly before my time, I EAS'd in 07 after 5 yearsso I have been out for a while. I can tell you though that ABSOLUTELY nothing has changed on san mateo except for the R3egimental Aid station and the Regimental barracks, everything else is still the same. I was so excited when I got transferred to regiment, they had A/C and stoves in their barracks rooms (yes I did say ROOMS) No squad bays for them....
    "And shepherds we shall be, for Thee, my Lord, for Thee.
    Power hath descended forth from Thy hand, that our feet may swiftly carry out Thy command.
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    E nomine Patri, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti."


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    Gogodawgs wrote.
    If one of your hands is incapacitated then having to rack the slide may not be the best way to carry. I believe that a CPL is the best way to deal with 'worst case' scenarios.
    I agree.
    Also you may be doing something with one hand that you can't not do even for a second, like me yesterday, operating my mobility scooter while a dog is chasing me.
    Perhaps if you would use a real computer you wouldn't have to apologize for not being able to do so many things on the internet!

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    I used to use leg holsters also in the navy, but I'd feel a little wierd wearing one, I am much more comfortable with a leather holster. I would have to agree with everyone CPL takes 20 minutes to get and depending where you go get it in the mail in 2 weeks. Also the first question is about resources. The pamphlets here on the site are great, but if you want to do your own reading go here http://www.leg.wa.gov/LawsAndAgencyR...s/default.aspx

    rcw web site for wa, I get bored at work alot, reading rcw you find some interesting things....its illegal to carry pepper spray (concealed) how many women carry it in their purse?.......and nunchukas and throwing stars...darn always wanted have those stars for an emergency....guess .40 will do

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    centermass wrote:
    I used to use leg holsters also in the navy, but I'd feel a little wierd wearing one, I am much more comfortable with a leather holster. I would have to agree with everyone CPL takes 20 minutes to get and depending where you go get it in the mail in 2 weeks. Also the first question is about resources. The pamphlets here on the site are great, but if you want to do your own reading go here http://www.leg.wa.gov/LawsAndAgencyR...s/default.aspx

    rcw web site for wa, I get bored at work alot, reading rcw you find some interesting things....its illegal to carry pepper spray (concealed) how many women carry it in their purse?.......and nunchukas and throwing stars...darn always wanted have those stars for an emergency....guess .40 will do
    What RCW says that?
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