Several Washington Supreme Court rulings have found, however, that the right is not absolute and is subject to reasonable regulation by the state under its police power.Washington preempts localities from regulating firearms in any manner more restrictive than State law except as explicitly authorized by the State legislature.Authorized local firearm regulations include: There are age restrictions on the possession of firearms and some people are prohibited from possessing firearms due to certain criminal convictions or who are released on bond or their own recognizance pending trial for certain criminal charges.
Suppressors and short-barreled rifles may be possessed and used in accordance with federal law.
There is a rather long list of places where the possession or storage of firearms or ammunition is prohibited or otherwise restricted.
Statutory law prohibits firearms in places such as areas of buildings used for court proceedings, certain areas of public mental health facilities, establishments which serve alcohol and are off-limits to persons under 21 years of age, restricted-access areas of commercial airports, State correctional facilities, and outdoor music festivals.
Administrative law prohibits or otherwise restricts the possession or storage of firearms in places such as certain schools, premises of the Office of Administrative Hearings, child care centers, horse races, near certain explosive materials, and certain shelters for respite or youths.
Localities may regulate the discharge of firearms, the possession of firearms in municipal stadiums and convention centers, and the location of a business selling firearms; though, some exceptions apply.
Washington Administrative Code regulates the storage of ammunition and firearms in places such as home child care, domestic violence shelters; and prohibit the possession or storage of ammunition near certain explosives or on the premises of emergency respite centers, teen residential program facilities, and licensed homes and facilities that provide child care.§ 9.41.300, § 9.94.043, § 70.108.150., § , WAC 10-20-010., WAC 10-20-030., WAC 72-140-080., WAC 148-140-080., WAC 106-124-700, 132A-150-020, 132D-120-050(17), 132D-140-040(8), 132H-140-065, 132M-136-060(10), 132N-150-240, 132Q-94-150, 132S-50-280, 132T-190-030, 132U-140-040, 172-120-040(9), 172-122-120, 174-120-035, 478-124-020, 495A-140-040, 495B-140-040, 495C-140-040, 495D-140-040, 504-36-030, 516-52-020, WAC 170-151-280, WAC 170-295-5020, WAC 260-20-075, WAC 25, WAC 20, WAC 20, WAC 388-145-0490, WAC 388-147-0570, WAC 388-148-0190, WAC 388-160-0375, WAC 388-730-0070.The state of Washington in the United States has laws regulating the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition.The Constitution of Washington protects an individual's right to bear arms.See the Washington 'infobox' or one of this section's referenced documents for the complete list as well as where exceptions apply for those who hold concealed pistol licenses.As a general rule, a person may legally open-carry in Washington state in any place it is legal to possess a loaded handgun, as long as it does not manifest "an intent to intimidate another or [warrant] alarm for the safety of other persons." To open-carry a hand gun in a vehicle (e.g, car, bus, etc...) a person must have a valid concealed pistol license.The county sheriff or city police chief shall issue a concealed pistol license to any applicant, age 21 or older, who meets certain requirements, including no felony convictions, no misdemeanor domestic violence convictions, and no outstanding warrants.