1. Your military orders establish Washington as your PERMANENT duty station, correct?
2. Washington State law defines a Washington resident as:
3. Federal law defines residency in a couple of places. 18 USC 921:RCW 46.20.021
(3) For the purposes of obtaining a valid driver's license, a resident is a person who manifests an intent to live or be located in this state on more than a temporary or transient basis.
27 CFR 478.11:(b) For the purposes of this chapter, a member of the Armed Forces on active duty is a resident of the State in which his permanent duty station is located.
You've got Washington State law that says you are a resident of Washington. You've got United State Code that says you are a resident of Washington. You've got the Code of Federal Regulations that says you are a resident of Washington. And you've got the fact that you exercised your Washington State residency when you purchased a handgun in Washington State from an FFL in Washington State.State of residence. The State in which an individual resides. An individual resides in a State if he or she is present in a State with the intention of making a home in that State. If an individual is on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces, the individual's State of residence is the State in which his or her permanent duty station is located.
I don't really see how it could be any clearer that you are a resident of Washington State.
Your Florida concealed weapons permit is not valid.
Notice that paragraph b. does not say, "this section only applies to a person who has an out-of-state driver's license" or "this section only applies to a person who is registered to vote in another state" or "this section only applies to an active duty service member." No, it says, this section only applies "while the license holder is not a resident of this state." You've got three sections of law, WA statute, Federal statute, and Federal Regulation that say you ARE a resident of WA state.RCW 9.41.073
Concealed pistol license — Reciprocity.
(1)(a) A person licensed to carry a pistol in a state the laws of which recognize and give effect in that state to a concealed pistol license issued under the laws of the state of Washington is authorized to carry a concealed pistol in this state if:
(i) The licensing state does not issue concealed pistol licenses to persons under twenty-one years of age; and
(ii) The licensing state requires mandatory fingerprint-based background checks of criminal and mental health history for all persons who apply for a concealed pistol license.
(b) This section applies to a license holder from another state only while the license holder is not a resident of this state. A license holder from another state must carry the handgun in compliance with the laws of this state.
(2) The attorney general shall periodically publish a list of states the laws of which recognize and give effect in that state to a concealed pistol license issued under the laws of the state of Washington and which meet the requirements of subsection (1)(a)(i) and (ii) of this section.
You are exempted from having to get a Washington Driver's License by:
If you were NOT a resident of Washington state, then your driver's license exception would be the next paragraph in the same statute:RCW 46.20.025
Exemptions. (Effective until July 1, 2011.)
The following persons may operate a motor vehicle on a Washington highway without a valid Washington driver's license:
(1) A member of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, or in the service of the National Guard of this state or any other state, if licensed by the military to operate an official motor vehicle in such service;
But since you ARE a resident of Washington state, the legislature had to write your own exception to the driver's license in paragraph (1) because paragraph (2) does NOT apply to you!(2) A nonresident driver who is at least:
Washington law does not require anyone to get a CPL. But your Florida concealed weapons permit ain't valid here, because you are a RESIDENT! I don't care if you claim dual residency in Florida and Washington, you are still a resident of Washington and RCW 9.41.073 (b) says that reciprocity does not apply to residents of Washington.
It ain't that hard. You just don't want to believe it.