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WA - Carry/Possession now LEGAL in WA State Parks

Discussion in 'Legal' started by deanf, Dec 30, 2003.

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  1. deanf

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    See this thread: http://www.packing.org/talk/thread.jsp?talk_thread=19022

    Apperently someone on the forums at packing.org has been lobbying to get WA State Parks to comply with state law, and remove their administrative prohibition on possession in state parks. WA has a preemption statute.

    Here are the previous rules, made by the State Parks and Rec Committee:

    Here are the new rules, which will take effect mid-january, as adopted by the committee at it's 12-4-03 meeting:

    You'll notice that the prohibition language is gone. Thanks is apperently due Rainbowsix at packing.org for this change.
     
  2. Chupacabra

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    I don't really go to state parks, but that's great!

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  3. Leatherneck

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    I don't get it:
    that certainly still includes firearms. So what's changed? Just that they no longer say the dirty words "firearm" and "cartridge"? Looks to me as if weapon carriage and employment is still prohibited. The "new" rules would also seem to put you at risk for actually using a weapon, even in self defense. :confused:

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    Leatherneck, you'll notice that the words "No person shall possess" have been removed from the administrative code.

    According to the old code, it was a crime to possess a gun anywhere in a state park; on your person, in your car or camper - anywhere.

    The new code removes the prohibition on possession, and gives a nod to RCW 9.41, which contains the state's preemption and CCW statutes. Since possession and carry is prohibited nowhere else in state law, it now becomes legal to carry/possess in state parks.

    I suppose one could read the language "No person shall display" in the code as a prohibition on open carry. Open carry is already defacto illegal in WA.

    Shooting in self-defense is legal, codified in state law, the Revised Code of Washington. The park rules are Washington Administrative Code. The RCW trumps the WAC.
     
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    Aha. I see. Good on you guys. How does the WA preemption statute read? Ours in VA essentially says to all counties and cities, "**** about guns." :D Sounds like WA law only establishes state precedence in CCW?

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    Right on Washington! Right on, right on, right on.

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    Re: How does the WA preemption statute read?

     
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    Looks like WA and VA are similar. Now, if we in both states could get the National Park ban lifted, we'd be able to enjoy the considerable NP bounuties resident within our states in safety. :banghead:

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