This is a discussion on Legal to Open carry in Washington - Would be nice if the LEO's Knew within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by OLYXDGUY My times of open carry depend on the circumstance.. If I'm going hunting or something in the forest I open carry.. ...
Yea... I find that if I talk to people and I'm friendly people my ask but they don't feel threatend.. In fact I went scouting for deer this morning already had my Gun on my side so I went out to grab lunch.. At the sandwich shop no one seems to notice.. I went to a connivence store just after.. And the clerk immediately ask me if my XD was real. I told him " I hope so" and we had a 10 minute conversation. He told me to come back anytime and we parted.. on a side note.. a guy walked in as I was talking to the clerk and I didn't see it by my roommate was with me and saw that the guy walking in had a weird taken back look on his face.. I OC for convinces at times.. But for example there's a city event today.. and I will take the time to conceal because there's kids around and I don't want to be bothered or bother the general public.. In a crowed I'd rather blend.
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I have had similar experiences. I don't have my CCW (yet), and my work takes me into some VERY socia-economically depressed areas (sorry, the PC bug bit me this morning). Since I own the properties I frequent there, I can carry concealed on them, but once I drive off I must be OC.
Anyway, I was with my wife the other day when she wanted to stop by the local CVS and pick up a prescription. We both went in for a few minutes, then I decided to step outside for a cigarette.
While out there, the clerk came out and asked me to put "hide" my gun, since people were nervous about someone standing outside the store "with a gun" since they "couldn't see my badge?"
I smiled and said "sorry, concealing my gun would be against the law. As soon as my wife collects her prescription I will be on my way."
She asked, "what do you mean concealing it would be illegal"
"I don't have a permit to carry concealed," I said. I thought she was going to run into the store and call the police.
For the record, I was dressed in nice khaki's, dress shoes, and a nice polo shirt, tucked in. (i.e., not looking like a thug.)
Like I told the guy to day. People who carry open or concealed(Legaly) souldn't really be worried about. In fact it us who might come to the rescue of the clerk at the store. Some people are just afraid not realizing that guns themselves are not dangerous.. Stupid people are.
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My young sister drives a small car, Honda civics, shes scared of large vehicles like bus and trailor on the street with her, can she call the police and ask them to get the driver to take his trailor or bus off the road ?
I'm just saying.
What statements are acceptable to deter law enforcement from harassing me. I am for the most part educated on the laws in wa state however I am open carrying until I receive my CPL. Also, is it legal for an out of state resident allowed to open carry in wa state? Any comments/advice on this matter. I'm only trying to be a more educated legal firearm owner/citizen. In addition this is my first time open carrying in pierce co.
http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=9.41.050 Just remember, you cannot have a loaded handgun in a vehicle without a CPL.
As far as law enforcement, they might need to be reminded that open carry is lawful. Unfortunately, some departments are not as good as others in educating their officers. I would recommend checking out opencarry.org for further resources. I believe they even have literature you can print out if you feel the need.
Edit: This is also a good resource and updated often http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/washington.pdf
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Come on guys. This thread is almost 6 years old. I think things have changed a little bit since then.
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I would kindly tell him he is incorrect, and that he could also be asking me to break the law if I didn't have a permit.
I recently read that it is lawful for a non CPL holder to carry an UNloaded pistol on their hip in a vehicle as long as said pistol is again UNLOADED with an empty chamber and magazine out of it. True or false. Anybody?