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hoffmang
08-09-2009, 7:04 PM
I see a lot of folks mention Washington State CCW. Granted that UT and FL get you Washington, but if you spend much time in Washington (and I do) then you really should just walk into a Sheriff's office and get the permit. It's inexpensive and very easy. The court house I went to in Olympia even had a firearms check station where I could leave my UT carried firearm to fill out my WA permit application past the magnetometers.

-Gene

Quiet
08-09-2009, 7:09 PM
I see a lot of folks mention Washington State CCW. Granted that UT and FL get you Washington,

WA does not honor the FL CCW permit. (http://www.atg.wa.gov/page.aspx?id=7772)

SDJim
08-09-2009, 7:46 PM
I have to agree with Gene.

I applied at the Snohomish County Court House just up from Naval Station Everett.

I already had the forms filled out along with the MO. The woman who was imputing my info into the computer engaged me with pleasant conversation while I waited for the fingerprint tech. He came out and took my finger prints. More pleasant conversation. Her computer station beeped. She turned to type in some more info, turned back to me and said it was Sheriff Bart's (please no blazing saddle jokes, Rick Bart is a great guy) policy to have them mailed out within 72 hours but he was on vacation. I said no problem and I had it in my hand within 10 days.

The nice thing is if you have your WA, CCW there is no waiting period for handguns. You make your purchase, they phone in your info and you walk out with your pistol.

Mstrty
08-09-2009, 7:55 PM
The nice thing is if you have your WA, CCW there is no waiting period for handguns. You make your purchase, they phone in your info and you walk out with your pistol.

Wait a California Resident with a Washington Permit can go to Washington and purchase a handgun and take wth them same day?

Librarian
08-09-2009, 8:25 PM
Wait a California Resident with a Washington Permit can go to Washington and purchase a handgun and take wth them same day?

Not unless also a WA resident - otherwise, as usual, has to go through FFL in buyer's state of residence.

Mstrty
08-09-2009, 8:53 PM
Not unless also a WA resident - otherwise, as usual, has to go through FFL in buyer's state of residence.

Ahh crap :(

SDJim
08-09-2009, 9:17 PM
Not unless also a WA resident - otherwise, as usual, has to go through FFL in buyer's state of residence.

I asked the gun at the gun shop about that and he asked why was I up in WA, I told him I was stationed on the Lincoln. He asked if I had a local (WA) address where I received mail I said yes and that's what went on the paperwork.

So I guess I was a resident for the 3 years I was there.

hoffmang
08-09-2009, 9:46 PM
So I guess I was a resident for the 3 years I was there.
Generally if you are a part time resident or are in the state for e.g. more than a month, you can qualify as a WA resident per Federal law.

-Gene

riprap
08-10-2009, 5:32 AM
I concur with Gene. I applied and received from Jefferson County. It was the most pleasant and accommodating application Iíve experienced, followed closely by Washoe County, NV. I even received a follow up phone call to let me know that the application was approved, however slightly delayed due to some paperwork screw up on their part. I even received a letter of apology for the delay.

This week Iím applying in OR. Iíll post my experience.

weezil_boi
08-12-2009, 6:27 PM
WA is awsome. I grew up in WA -right between ft lewis and McChord. you used to get some great stuff from the swapmeets just off base. I once traded a big box full of mags for a few 4pks of wine coolers. goretex is as common as flip flops in CA.

Its great how convenient and fair it is for a wa state ccw up there. they call em CCP (permit) or by state - concealed pistlo license. one wierd thing is they dont really care about the whole bar thing but CCP cant carry in a place that doesnt allow people under 21 into it. So that generally means bars, but it also applies to some concert / social events as well. I think all the casinos have their own rules that apply and basically no guns even though only need to be 18 in there. But for the most part, its totally normal to see a guy pull up his shirt and unstrap his concealed pistol at the gym. Growing up I never thought twice about it at all. here, in CA as an adult...I see that and take note.

Now... the emerald city is a true metropolis. Tacoma to seattle area is similar in make up and community sizes to the Sacramento - east bay. seattle is a mini sf ( unfortuneately ).

Even with all those guns floating around in coats and fanny packs of its citizens.. to my knowledge, WA has not claimed the title of the murder / crime capital of the country. Not even the west coast. :o So much for the rural states arguement.

if you get a chance... check out their gunshow at the Puyallup fairgrounds ( near tacoma). Its awsome. They have ammo, plenty of guns. Its like the big reno gun show, but every other month ;)

Midian
08-16-2009, 6:51 AM
I see a lot of folks mention Washington State CCW. Granted that UT and FL get you Washington, but if you spend much time in Washington (and I do) then you really should just walk into a Sheriff's office and get the permit.
-Gene



God, it's astounding how screwed up California truly is.

rudeboyrc
08-16-2009, 8:17 AM
As a WA resident in the mid 90's, I don't think it could get any easier than walking into the Sheriff's Station (King County), getting fingerprinted and paying a fee. Basically on demand.

MidnightSon117
12-09-2009, 1:04 PM
Sorry for the dead-thread revival, just feel it's pretty important for us to get a taste of something we don't have in California. I've been meaning to get my CPL from Washington for the past few years because I knew how easy it was supposed to be, but never had the time. Short story short...I went to the Sheriff's department in downtown Seattle, applied/paid/fingerprinted in 15 minutes. It was as easy as cutting cheese.

The damage is $55.25, and a 60-day wait (non-resident.) I go to Seattle frequently enough that this is totally worthwhile to get. If you are not destitute, and plan on going to Seattle at least twice in the next 5 years, then you should probably get one, if not for the reason of seeing how EASY it is in other states (and should be in California.). The downtown Sheriff's office has an interesting mural as well, with Jimi, Kurt Cobain, and Tom Hanks on it. :)

I'm all for making a statement to California government that at over $50 to over $100 per person depending on the state--if enough people get CCW's outside of our state, California will realizes losses of millions and millions of dollars per year. Not to mention renewal fees!

swhatb
12-18-2009, 1:57 PM
Where do I find the process and paperwork and places to go in WA to get the CCW license; do I need a firearm qualification letter/exam, like FL or UT?

What about OR? I visit there frequently and would like to the process and where to go!

MidnightSon117
12-18-2009, 6:05 PM
Where do I find the process and paperwork and places to go in WA to get the CCW license; do I need a firearm qualification letter/exam, like FL or UT?

What about OR? I visit there frequently and would like to the process and where to go!

I'm not sure about OR other than it being a shall-issue state. The sticky at the top of this forum has some resources that are really helpful.

For WA, the easiest place to go would be the one that doesn't require appointments. Downtown Seattle has the Sheriff's department on 516 3rd avenue. Drop in anytime between 8am-4pm, M-F. No appointment necessary.

Parking is crazy with all the construction down there, so just get dropped off if you can, or take public transit. You'll be in and out in around 20 minutes with no one in line. Just fill out the application, and pay your $55.25 (cash accepted), then you get fingerprinted. No pictures need to be taken, and it should be there in 2 months :)

On a sidenote, although you can technically get it done at a Seattle PD station, I'd avoid it right now with what's been happening in the area. A spokeswoman said the Seattle PD support an Assault-Type Military Weapon ban of some sort, and given the leanings of the city, I wouldn't doubt it. I'd rather give my money to the Sheriff's department, as seem to be more gun-friendly given that they represent the county and not just the city. And King County Sheriff's Dept. weren't listed as supporters of that ban:

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2010527541_gunban17m.html

lpspinner
12-19-2009, 12:40 AM
Where do I find the process and paperwork and places to go in WA to get the CCW license; do I need a firearm qualification letter/exam, like FL or UT?



WA is easy, I got mine on a whim as I finish my day early. Drove over to the Tacoma PD's Law Enforcement Support Agency at 930 Tacoma Avenue S., Room 239 in the County-City Building in Tacoma. Street parking can be tough, so pay a couple of bucks and park in the lot in back. Besides, the entrance from the parking lot is on the same level as the room you need to go to.

When you get to the room, there'll be a stack of applications along with an envelope for you to address. This is what they use to mail you back your CPL (Conceal Pistol License). When you finish with the application, go to the cashier window and pay the nice lady. She'll ask if you want them to laminate your permit for an extra $3.

After you paid the cashier, you take a few steps over to another nice, friendly lady who will do your fingerprints. Everyone there was friendly, and service oriented. The whole process took 30 minutes. After all was done, my CPL was postmarked 7 days later and in about two weeks time, I had my permit which is valid in several states.

The ONLY form I was asked to present was my Drivers License. That's it!

Gryff
12-19-2009, 12:58 AM
Just to clarify, Florida and Washington do not have reciprocity, so neither's permit works in the other state. Utah and Washington do have reciprocity.

Purple K
01-17-2010, 2:26 PM
Does Washington have a live fire requirement like Florida?

lpspinner
01-17-2010, 2:29 PM
Nope, just show up with your Drivers license and money. That's it.

Treb5
01-17-2010, 6:14 PM
Nope, just show up with your Drivers license and money. That's it.

What does the Washington CCW Permit look like? Is it the credit card style like Utah/Florida with pic or is it a laminated form.