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GUNS: Clarification needed on concealed carry law

Letter by William J. Buchanan, Gig Harbor on March 15, 2012 at 10:59 am | 17 Comments »
March 15, 2012 11:54 am

In a News Tribune article (3-15) concerning the accidental shooting death of a toddler, Tacoma police spokesman Naveed Benjamin was quoted as saying that a person carrying a concealed weapon must have that weapon on his/her person while traveling; otherwise, it must be in a locked container. I disagree.

The RCW simply states: “A person shall not carry or place a loaded pistol in any vehicle unless he has a license to carry a concealed weapon and (1) the pistol is on his person, or (2) the person with the concealed carrying license is within the vehicle at all times that the pistol is there, or (3) the person with the concealed carrying license is away from the vehicle and the pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.”

My interpretation of the wording is that the weapon need not be carried on the person, but may in fact be inside the vehicle, so long as the licensee is there with it; otherwise it can be locked within the vehicle out of sight (but not necessarily “unloaded and locked in a container”).

This is an issue that really needs clarification by our attorney general. Our police and our licensed citizens absolutely need to be on the same page regarding this matter.

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