Gun rights status of Washington State and Oregon?

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  1. jlbraun

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    Since my current state did something stupid, moving is on the table.

    How are WA and OR with regard to the following:
    Private sales without background check
    Standard cap magazines
    Few CCW restrictions (eg. can't carry in any gathering of over 30 people, etc.)
    No AWB
    No registration

    Also, how is the future of gun rights looking in these states? Do they have strong state level gun rights organizations? Is the politics moving in a collectivist direction?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. mjsdwash

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    cpls are shall issue, no firearms at outdoor music festivals. The mayors of seattle of the last few years have been pretty antigun, but kept from really accomplishing anything because we had a better than average attorney general. He ran for gov last term and lost, and the new AG dosent seem quite as concerned about citizen rights. Most of washington is gun friendly, and even king county (most populous, most liberal) Is fairly pro gun, but extremely pro Democrat, and all washington Democrats follow the party line. There has been a proposed assault weapon ban, it failed misserably, however, mandatory background checks are going to be put on a ballot soon. That could go either way. Its worth noting, there may never be a republican governer in washington state again, even though the majority of the state by area is republican. Washington is also one of the new "lets try moving here because we ruined california, and try to rebuild california" states, along with Colorodo, Oregon and montana. Overall it appears colorado and Oregon are about lost. Im really hoping washington does not, but with most of our big buisnesses looking to leave, noone will want to move here soon. One oddity of washington, In the King-peirce-snohomish county areas, the most populated countys, there are very few gun ranges, Almost no indoor gun ranges (i know of 2 between the three countys) And the Hiker/bicycle crowd has pretty mush gotten rid of national forrest shooting pits, so you have to drive a rediculously long way to shoot outdoors legally. In the winter most Ranger approved outdoor shooting pits on the west side of the mountains require snowmobiles, or very long hikes in multifeet deep snow. If you move to the east side of the mountains, youll be alright, from what ive experienced. BTW washington has the higherst gas tax in the nation too. Hope that helps a little.
     
  3. jlbraun

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    Thanks for the reply.
     
  4. Mainsail

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    Some points I didn't see posted for WA:

    Open carry is legal without any permit or license, and is low drama.

    Carry in restaurants that serve alcohol is legal as long as you stay out of the bar area.

    You can set up an informal outdoor range in the State Forests or the National Forests- low drama. Common sense rules like don't shoot across a road etc.

    Concealed pistol licenses are easy to obtain- no test or qualification, just pay the man and wait a month. Apply at your local sheriff's office

    Schools and courthouses are off limits for carry, however the state/county/district/city (not federal) courthouses are required by law to provide storage for your concealed or openly carried sidearm if you have business there. Declare it to the dude running the security entrance. Carry at the school while dropping off a student is legal if you have a CPL- just don't go inside the school

    Silencers are legal

    Long guns in your car/truck are legal, but they must be unloaded
     
  5. OcelotZ3

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    Silencers only became legal to shoot in Washington in July 2011 so the laws are loosening up a bit. No SBR/SBS still though.
     
  6. vamo

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    I wouldn't count on gun rights improving or even staying the same in those 2 very blue states(no offense intended to gun loving otherwise liberals here). Any reason you've narrowed it down to those 2, and what state are you coming from.
     
  7. Guy B. Meredith

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    Oregon CHL is "shall issue" after background check. They are supposed to issue within 45 days of request, but some counties seem to know how to drag their feet.

    Open carry loaded okay, must have CHL if the firearm is concealed in car. Prohibited in Federal buildings and one or two other places. Can carry on campus with CHL, though the school may have rules that would make that trespassing. Portland, Eugene and Salem a bit more picky, but if you have a CHL you are not governed by those laws.

    We are currently fighting 5 bills, 4 of which look dead and another (background check) is iffy. The final form of the bills was pretty watered down in any event. We have a couple of politicos that have a general hate for personal freedom, Burdick being one, but so far they've not made a whole lot of headway.

    I hope any future Californian immigrants move here because they like personal freedom and are fleeing California for that reason. Count me as one of them.

    We do annual machine gun shoots at the Albany Rifle and Pistol Club (Saddle Butte Machine Gun Shoot), and members can shoot full auto within certain hours (maybe an agreement with neighbors). A couple of other ranges I know about permit full autos.

    Our club in Albany (actually Shedd) also holds two REAL gun shows each year.

    Most ranges in the Willamette Valley and other areas require club membership for general range use. Public is usually welcome in matches, etc. I have checked out a couple of public ranges in podunk and they are minimal and expensive. There is a club down by Eugene that is supposedly open to the public, but I've not really looked into it yet.
     
  8. Old Dog

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    The future of gun rights is looking pretty good here in Washington. Even in liberal King County, you've still got a hotbed of active gun-owners, plenty of gunshops and local ranges and liberal Bellevue plays host to some our more famous gun-rights activists and spokesmen.

    And no, we are NOT a blue state. Travel an hour eastward, north or south and you'll find that out in a hurry. It simply happens that the two most populous counties typically vote that way (but if you take away King County's 4000 or so dead voters and ineligible convicted felon voters whose ballots were counted, we'd have had a great governor these past eight years).

    I'd submit that this state has some of the strongest gun-rights organizations out there. Headquarters of CCRKBA and SAF, we've got the WAC and just huge numbers of terrific pro-gun folk who stand up to be counted when the stupidity rears its head.
     
  9. Certaindeaf

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    Where are you from?
     
  10. jlbraun

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    I'm in Colorado.
     
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