Thread: AGO Definition on RCW 9.41.060
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August 17, 2011
RE: concealed / open carry RCW 9.41.060(8)
Dear Mr. Starks:
On behalf of the Department of Licensing, thank you for your email received August 6, 2011. I am responsible for firearm issues so your email was forwarded to me for response. In your request you asked for clarification regarding the definition of RCW 9.41.060(8) which is popularly known as the “hunting and fishing” exception to concealed carry requirements in Washington State. In your letter you ask if the exception in subsection 8 would apply if someone were to leave town to go hiking without a carry permit and carried concealed or had a loaded pistol in his or her vehicle.
The statute allows law enforcement latitude to evaluate each situation on a case by case basis. The scenario you portray could very well result in a finding of violation of the law. The case would turn on the credibility of the individual claiming the exception. The individual’s case would of course be stronger if he or she wore hiking gear and had hiking supplies, etc. The purpose of the law is to make personal protection available to outdoor enthusiasts, and not serve as an end run around the state’s regulation of firearms.
The Attorney General’s Office serves as a legal counsel to state agencies and certain elected officials and cannot, by law, provide legal advice to private citizens. It is, however, our policy to provide members of the public with information of a general nature whenever possible.
SUSAN L. PIERINI
Assistant Attorney General
Last edited by Bill Starks; 08-17-2011 at 12:08 PM.
Last edited by ManInBlack; 08-17-2011 at 12:59 PM.
Deleted as no longer necessary. Thanks!
Last edited by j2l3; 08-17-2011 at 04:58 PM.
CZ 75B 9mm, Ruger P94 .40 S&W, Bersa Thunder .380, AR-15 Homebuild
FYI - it looks like I have a "IN" to the AG's office for questions HOWEVER it's not something I can afford to abuse......
Last edited by Bill Starks; 08-17-2011 at 07:04 PM.
Since this is a "hunting and fishing" exemption, then someone who is wearing tank top, shorts, and flip flops, as well as a concealed firearm, could just say they're going clam digging or fishing. Right? Is there any designated "uniform" for these activities?
"If I shoot all the ammo I am carrying I either won't need anymore or more won't help"
"If you refuse to stand up for others now, who will stand up for you when your time comes?"
I suggest you carry hiking gear in your trunk at all times, boots, maps, water bottle, etc....
Live Free or Die!
Last time I went hiking, it was with a pair of running shoes, shorts, and a t-shirt. I don't really do the boot, khakis, backpack, thing.