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    Is it legal to open carry a loaded rifle in WA?

    I was just wondering about the legality of carrying a loaded rifle here in the evergreen state?

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    The law is silent on the issue, therefore legal. Do not place a loaded rifle in a vehicle, ever. That is frowned upon.

    Is it a good idea? Depends on your point of view and how much hassle you feel like dealing with.
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    Might want to study the Spencer case, I believe it is too.

    Although demeanor and manner of carry were in my opinion the main focus, the inserted magazine into his rifle was also a determining factor.
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    rights, due to ignorance." (Paraphrased)

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    Wow two posts in and no one has yet attacked him for daring to mention rifle OC on OCDO

    OP: yes, it's technically legal, but frowned upon and extremely likely to get you an MWAG call & LE harassment.

    Having a loaded rifle in a vehicle is not merely frowned upon, it is very illegal. Dun do it. And yes its a stupid law.

    Check the sticky for the pamphlet file & FAQ, all this is covered there with RCW cites.
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    Legal but you'll more than likely get harassed by LE. It's impractical as a daily thing anyway.

    Context is key.

    It's a different story if you were to do it at the 2A rally coming up at the end of April. I plan on OCing my L1A1 at the rally. With the rally's focus specifically being the second amendment, and the purpose of attending being supporting the second amendment, it's not unexpected that people will open carry rifles, as well as pistols. I saw pics from last year of people with AR-15s slung across their backs.


    I guess anything more in this thread is most likely gonna be a rehash. Rules do say we're not supposed to discuss the open carry of rifles, too... >_>
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    What Paddy said! It's generally frowned upon

    Read the rules forum to familiarize yourself with them. There's LOADS of good stuffies in there!

    Otherwise, WELCOME to OCDO!
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    Been harassed by the police? Yelled at by the anti-gun neighbors? Mother doesn't approve?

    Then this is the place for you! Click here to get back at them!

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    Thanks for the heads up, I haven't really read the rules... I'm new here so I will read the rules after this post... But I was just asking cause I was planning on carrying my marlin 336 to the rally... So I got my answer... Thanks for not tearing me a new one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenIsFaster View Post
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    wtf is ibtl?
    It is very wise to not take a watermelon lightly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metalhead47 View Post
    wtf is ibtl?

    For you, this is


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    Then this is the place for you! Click here to get back at them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenIsFaster View Post
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    It is very wise to not take a watermelon lightly.

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    LMAO!That was the most random ... just LOL dude!

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    Well, it sure makes hunting easier to open carry loaded....

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    well,,,

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnsmith1521 View Post
    Thanks for the heads up, I haven't really read the rules... I'm new here so I will read the rules after this post... But I was just asking cause I was planning on carrying my marlin 336 to the rally... So I got my answer... Thanks for not tearing me a new one...
    long gun carry at the 2A rally is AOK, it is not just an open carry event.
    please fashion a sling, and carry it on your back, do not carry it in your hands.

    last year a man and wife carried unloaded ps-90s, slung on their backs.
    i carried my 45 cal kentucky cap and ball rifle and MANY open and concealed hand guns!
    a lever action deer rifle, properly carried, seems fine, but i, would not carry my evil black, tactical AK-47!
    i look forward to seeing you there, carry respectably, responsively, and proudly!

    read the sticky about the 2Arally!
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    I'll most likely be at the rally this year. I'v having a hard time deciding if I'm going to bring my AR or not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpyderTattoo View Post
    I'll most likely be at the rally this year. I'v having a hard time deciding if I'm going to bring my AR or not.
    Some people will have a hard time deciding WHICH AR.

    Next question might be "How Many Firearms can you legally carry". Oh wait, that's been asked too. I believe the consensus was "All you can".
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1245A Defender View Post
    long gun carry at the 2A rally is AOK, it is not just an open carry event.
    please fashion a sling, and carry it on your back, do not carry it in your hands.

    last year a man and wife carried unloaded p-90s, slung on their backs.

    <SNIP>
    I will assume you intended to say PS-90s, as P-90s are SBRs. I had to correct myself earlier this week when talking to SVG, and I made the same mistake referring to my PS as a P. Needless to say that caught his attention until I corrected myself.

    Were they at least carrying magazines for them?

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    oh,,

    Quote Originally Posted by FMCDH View Post
    I will assume you intended to say PS-90s, as P-90s are SBRs. I had to correct myself earlier this week when talking to SVG, and I made the same mistake referring to my PS as a P. Needless to say that caught his attention until I corrected myself.

    Were they at least carrying magazines for them?
    i changed my post to ps-90, but only remember that they were normal length..
    i think they had mags in their pockets.
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    it is their right and duty to be at all times ARMED!

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    I have open carried an M1A (loaded of course) several times here in WA when not hunting.

    The forum admins here get all sorts of pissy about talking about OC of long-arms here, so I won't get into that.

    I'd suggest that if you have to ask if it's legal or not, that you not do it; it's not for the faint of heart, the weak-willed, or those requiring public defenders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shad0wfax View Post

    I'd suggest that if you have to ask if it's legal or not, that you not do it; it's not for the faint of heart, the weak-willed, or those requiring public defenders.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by shad0wfax View Post
    <SNIP>

    I'd suggest that if you have to ask if it's legal or not, that you not do it; it's not for the faint of heart, the weak-willed, or those requiring public defenders.
    +2

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    I'm mildly surprised this thread is still alive. My wife and I carried HK91 clones, PTR-91s, with mags in our pockets at the 2A rally last year. The mag in the pocket really wasn't because of any law, more a personal choice. Next time around, probably just load it in the rifle. Like someone said already, if it's legal, don't sweat it.

    Our dog was not carrying.

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    It seems we have someone ask every few months about this.Anyway this is just one pic from the rally last year.This rally is not an open carry rally .It is about the second amendment as whole.Being that it is a rally to support the second amendment unloaded open carry of a long gun would be acceptable slung in this fashion,as for everyday idiotic!
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    well,,,

    unlicensed, Loaded, open carry of a fire arm, by non-prohibited persons at least 21 years of age,
    is lawfull in Washington state!
    in accordance with 9.41.290, 9.41.300, with special emphasis on 9.41.270!
    proper holsters, and/or (slings)!
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    “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

    Stand up for your Rights,, They have no authority on their own...

    All power is inherent in the people,
    it is their right and duty to be at all times ARMED!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackmarine View Post
    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    Stop being a bunch of *****'s. If it's legal, then **** the "jackboots", they can eat ****.
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