Washington/Oregon Open Carry

Theron

Active Member
#1
I am moving from Nebraska to Washington in early May and will be transporting a number of firearms. Most of them will be in the gun safe in the moving van but I have a CCW permit in Nebraska and will be carrying my .45 on me or in the vehicle. The two states I will be passing through that we do not have reciprocal agreements with are Oregon and Washington. I have read the open carry laws and it looks like I will be OK as long as the firearm is visible. I will be on I 84 in Oregon and I82 in Washington. Final destination is Coupeville on Whidbey. Any opinions or suggestions? Can I have it on me in a visible holster or laying on the seat next to me?
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#2
Washington is a presumptive open-carry state, but you can't open carry while in a vehicle unless you have a valid CWP recognized by WA state. I'm not sure about Oregon. See RCW Section 9.41.050 (2)(a). See RCW 9.41.065 (9) for the exception for carrying your pistol unloaded in a vehicle. You could always load and carry in an open holster outside of your vehicle if conditions warranted (breakdown on a lonely stretch of road, etc.). Have a safe trip. It should be easy enough to obtain a WA CWP once you are settled. Here's a general overview. http://www.opencarry.org/?page_id=312
 

Theron

Active Member
#3
Washington is a presumptive open-carry state, but you can't open carry while in a vehicle unless you have a valid CWP recognized by WA state. I'm not sure about Oregon. See RCW Section 9.41.050 (2)(a). See RCW 9.41.065 (9) for the exception for carrying your pistol unloaded in a vehicle. You could always load and carry in an open holster outside of your vehicle if conditions warranted (breakdown on a lonely stretch of road, etc.). Have a safe trip. It should be easy enough to obtain a WA CWP once you are settled. Here's a general overview. http://www.opencarry.org/?page_id=312
Thanks Jim. It's hard to make sense out of some of the leagalese. It looks like I can open carry in Oregon but when I get to Washington I will have to unload if I want to have the pistol in the cab with me. I will probably look into a Washington CWP after I get settled.
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#5
GEEZ! Washington's a "shall issue" state, and after looking at the requirements posted on Nebraska's State Patrol official page, and comparing it with ours, there's no reason for denying reciprocity-the requirements are the same. Criminal background and "mental issues" check, and fingerprints are what are required here. Nebraska also requires a training class in addition to the checks and fingerprints, so what's our problem?
Safe trip, Theron!
 

Theron

Active Member
#6
Alex, I think the issue is that Nebraska requires 4 hours classroom training and 4 hours range qualification. I think Nebraska thinks that Washington's requirements are less than adequate. Nebraska is a "shall issue" state also but you have to jump through more hoops.
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#8
Alex, I think the issue is that Nebraska requires 4 hours classroom training and 4 hours range qualification. I think Nebraska thinks that Washington's requirements are less than adequate. Nebraska is a "shall issue" state also but you have to jump through more hoops.
I'll bet you're right on the money here. And to tell the truth, they are relaxed! I also have a Utah Non-Resident carry permit, so I'm good in over 30 states.
 

scottr

Active Member
#9
I would double check Oregon's rules. I think that w/o a clp you will need to transport it unloaded and out of reach.

Yes you cannot carry a loaded handgun in a car in OR without a permit. I also believe the gun needs to be put away and out of reach of the driver (eg in the trunk)
 

Vladimir Steblina

Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working
#11
I am moving from Nebraska to Washington in early May and will be transporting a number of firearms. Most of them will be in the gun safe in the moving van but I have a CCW permit in Nebraska and will be carrying my .45 on me or in the vehicle. The two states I will be passing through that we do not have reciprocal agreements with are Oregon and Washington. I have read the open carry laws and it looks like I will be OK as long as the firearm is visible. I will be on I 84 in Oregon and I82 in Washington. Final destination is Coupeville on Whidbey. Any opinions or suggestions? Can I have it on me in a visible holster or laying on the seat next to me?
I don't mind guns. I don't have a problem with open carry.

BUT, do you really want to do it in a state where very few folks OPEN CARRY west of the Cascades?

Even east of the Cascades.... I had neighbor that walked into a 7-11 with his gun. The clerk just FREAKED. I was all I could do to calm down the clerk and keep her from calling 911. She was NOT aware that Washington was an open carry state.

I had VERY LITTLE law enforcement training...but having a gun visible changes everything.

Washington is a fairly safe state if you stay out of downtown Seattle and parts of the Columbia Basin. It is not as dangerous as Nebraska.

I would not bother.
 

Alex MacDonald

that's His Lordship, to you.....
#12
I was in Evening Hatch years ago, just off the river, with my Sig strapped to the hip, when guy walks in (wearing a sport coat that had "yuppie" written in 10-inch high letters). He spots the Sig, which is a P226N in .40: NOT a small firearm by any means. He does a double take and says "you have a gun!". I said "good, you can see well enough to drive a car".
 

Theron

Active Member
#13
Lots of good info here. I do not normally open carry - only when hunting. I do carry concealed here in Nebraska. I have several firearms to transport from handguns to rifles and shotguns. The gun safe has limited room so I thought I would carry my favorite 1911. It, being a full size 1911, is also like Alex's Sig not a small firearm. It conceals well if I wear appropriate clothing but is quite visible if in the open. I will probably just put in in the case and lock it while in Oregon and Washington.
 

speyfisher

Active Member
#14
Oregon does not reciprocate with any other states on concealed carry. Likewise, nor do any other states recognize Oregon Concealed Carry Permits. Oregon does permit open carry, but, a lot depends on where you are. For a while, Starbucks welcomed open carry. Ashland (So. Or. bastion for the left) residents really freaked out when a couple of guys carried assault rifles right through downtown, just because they could. :D Non res Utah ccp is good for most other states in the PNW. Don't even think about taking your guns into California!