For folks who do not own a firearm yet or do not conceal carry… if you have no intention of carrying concealed right now it’s worth considering that you might at some point and definitely worth considering getting permitted now.

Washington is a “shall-issue” state, meaning that local law enforcement must issue a concealed weapons license if the applicant meets certain qualifications. Local law enforcement shall issue a “concealed pistol license” to any applicant, unless he or she:

Is ineligible to possess a firearm under state or federal law;

Is under 21 years of age;

Is subject to a court order or injunction regarding firearms pursuant to specific provisions of the Revised Code of Washington;

Is free on bond or personal recognizance pending trial, appeal, or sentencing for a felony;

Has an outstanding warrant for his or her arrest for a felony or misdemeanor;

Has been ordered to forfeit a firearm by a Washington court within the last year; or

Has had a concealed pistol license revoked.