Laws

Firearm laws are subject to frequent change. It is the responsibility of each individual to understand and comply with all laws: state, local, and federal. 

DISCLAIMER:  

The information and links provided here are not legal advice or a restatement of laws, you are responsible for validating all laws and regulations on your own.


Federal Firearm Laws and Regulations

Federal

There are public places that have a "no guns allowed" policy even for gun owners who hold legal right-to-carry permitswhere state laws are pre-empted by federal law and no guns are allowed.


Prohibited Areas (federal)

  • Federal buildings (18 USC Section 930, 36 CFR Section 327.13)

    • Federal Courthouse and facilities

    • Prisons

    • United States Post Offices (18 USC Section 930, 39 CFR Section 232.1)

    • Ranger stations and visitor centers in any national forest or wilderness area are considered federal buildings, no guns are allowed inside these facilities

  • Airport secure areas (49 CFR Section 1540.111(a))

  • Commercial Aircraft: Check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

  • Military bases (18 USC Section 930)

  • National cemeteries.  No guns are allowed on the grounds or adjacent parking areas of national cemeteries (38 C.F.R. Section 1.218(a)(13))


    Links:


    National Parks

    Firearms in Parks


    Go to the specific National Parks you plan to visit to view their Firearms Laws & Policies. 
    Find Your Park


    It is up to visitors to understand the requirements of federal law and the laws of the states/localities they live in and are travelling to (or through). Park websites offer basic information about the applicable state law(s) and will generally include a link to a state website with more information. 

      

    State Laws

    Handgunlaws.us

    This website has all kinds of information relating to gun laws.

    There is an interactive map of the United States. You click on a state and is brings up their laws and links directly to their laws. It gives you reciprocity of Washington CPL (other states that honor Washington State CPL).

    It has links to other sites related to: Firearm Laws, Women focused, CCW/Carry, CCW News Links, recommended reading and more.

    www.handgunlaw.us

    National Rifle Association (NRA)

    Gun Laws overview, Concealed Carry, Laws Reciprocity, Laws on Purchase, Possession, Carrying of Firearms and Washington Firearm News.

    CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law. To determine the applicability of these laws to specific situations which you may encounter, you are strongly urged to consult a local attorney.

    • State Gun Laws Link

    • Washington Gun Laws Link

    • Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms Link



    Washington State Firearm Laws and Regulations

    STATE CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISION - Article 1, Section 24.

    “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.” 


    Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

    The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is the compilation of all permanent laws
    now in force.

    Title 9.41 RCW and Title 9A RCW have many Chapters and Sections, below are links
    to a few of them. 


    Title 9 RCW - CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS

    Chapter 9.41 RCW - FIREARMS AND DANGEROUS WEAPONS

    RCW 9.41.050 - Carrying firearms


    Title 9A RCW - WASHINGTON CRIMINAL CODE

    Chapter 9A.16 RCW - DEFENSES

    RCW 9A.16.030 - Homicide – When Excusable

    RCW 9A.16.050 - Homicide—By other person—When justifiable


    Revised Code of Washington (RCW)

    The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) is the compilation of all permanent laws now in force.

    Title 9 RCW - CRIMES AND PUNISHMENTS

    Chapter 9.41 RCW - FIREARMS AND DANGEROUS WEAPONS

    RCW 9.41.050 - Carrying firearms

    Information on Use of Deadly Force - Issues to Consider

    Lewis County Washington Sheriff 

    It is your obligation to act in a responsible manner in exercising your right to keep and bear arms, and at the same time know and understand the laws governing the use of deadly force.

    The Office of the Lewis County Sheriff website has produced an informative A Resource Guide for the USE OF DEADLY FORCE that is available from their website as a PDF.

    Washington State Office of the Attorney General


    Concealed Weapons LINK


    Many of the questions the Attorney General receives are asked on a frequent basis, please click here for answers to these questions.





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