Open Carry States are a few and far between. Among them is Washington State. Travel there and walk around with your AR15. Just follow the guides listed below so you don’t piss people off, or break the law.
by Alden Morris
“Washington State follows British legal tradition which entails that anything not proscribed as unlawful is lawful, also known as ‘The Rule of Lenity.’ This gives citizens of Washington State (as well as some of individuals with temporary living status in Washington State) the right to openly carry their firearm without a concealed weapons permit (CWP). Of course the individual openly carrying must abide by the current Washington State laws such as the open carrier must be an adult of a minimum of 21 years of age and must not have any prior felonies or warrants on their record.” [concealedcarry-cw.com]
As well as the individual openly carrying must also follow Federal laws such as they may not carry their weapon onto Federal property. Certain businesses also have the right to turn down entry and service to individuals openly carrying their firearms. Open carriers carrying their firearm without obtaining a concealed weapons permit must also be sure to unload their weapon and lock it in a hidden case while traveling in a vehicle. Unloading the firearm includes emptying the magazine from the pistol as well as releasing a round from the chamber. Washington State defines ‘loaded’ as allowing individuals the right to carry their firearm with a round chambered and the safety on.
Although in light of recent events, the use of firearms has become questionable for many, nevertheless it is a human right that is given to individuals solely for the purposes of protection. If rights that are freely given are not thoroughly and routinely exercised then eventually they may become forgotten than lost. Rights and individual liberties, such as the freedom to possess a firearm, should be taken with very serious thought and intellect. Proper courses should be taken in order to understand not only how a weapon works but the laws and responsibilities that entail while possessing one.
Alden Morris is a professional freelance writer and filmmaker out of the state of Washington. Follow him for tips regarding DIY Living, Survival, and Product Reviews.