The Law Can Be A Deciding Factor In Washington For Choosing Your Ammunition For Self Defense
When you begin your research in Washington on choosing the right ammunition for your particular needs one factor that must always be taken into consideration is the Law, and it is one facotr that many either take for granted or don't think about, and that is the ammunition laws in Washington.
There are several states that limit the type of ammo that someone can carry, as an example Illinois will not allow even their own law-enforcement officers to carry hollow point ammunition. It is recommended at the beginning of your research in Washington that you find out first if there are any such restrictions in your state and if so what ammunition is going to be excluded from your research.
As a side note; remember you may have ammo in your gun that is completely legal in your state but if you plan to carry your firearm using the reciprocity laws with other states you and your gun may be legal yet you're ammunition not be.
There are documented incidents where individuals have carried their firearm across state lines and had all the proper permits yet did not realize that the ammo in their gun was illegal in an adjoining state, and they were arrested!
Know the law in Washington before you start the research, it's a great starting point.
Concealed Carry Ammunition for Self-Defense, In Washington
Choosing the right Amm0 in Washington for your self-defense needs is critical. Although there are some very good quality foreign made ammunition they are becoming hard to find and they in our opinion don’t quite measure up to the American manufactures overall quality. If your stick with the some of the top names like Federal, Cor-Bon, Hornady, Remington, Winchester, Speer, or CCI ammunition you will have excellent results. If you don’t recognize the name then use that ammo for practice. Most ammunition manufacturers are now producing product that are specifically designed for Self-Defense requirements.
Self-Defence Ammunition Can Be Regulared By Law In Washington
Ammunition in Washington desigend specifically for Self-Defense in a handgun has had some significant technological advances, most notably the newest generation of high performance ammunition deliver terminal ballistics until recent years were simply technically inconceivable.
The recent advancement in handgun ammo for Self-Defense capability in Washington was partially in response to a direct need to meet or exceed the new very stringent F.B.I. barrier penetration requirements. The latest ammo from the major U.S. manufacturers required over ten years of experimenting before offering the premium quality products that are now available. Most notable is that all of the latest and most advanced Ammunition for Self-Defense is of the “hollow-point” design. US Precision Defense maintains an excellent research database on Ammunition for Self-Defense.
Article 1, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitutional Provision States: “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”
Concealed weapons licenses issued in 11 states will be recognized in Washington State so long as the handgun is carried in accordance with Washington law. In order for Washington to recognize other states’ concealed weapons permits, Washington state's reciprocity law “RCW 9.41.073” dictates that the other state must: Recognize Washington concealed pistol licenses; Not issue concealed pistol licenses to persons under age 21; AND Require a mandatory fingerprint-based background check for criminal and mental health history.
Washington is an "open carry" state for firearms; a person may carry a firearm in an exposed holster without any kind of permit unless there is something that makes it specifically illegal. Example, carrying a weapon onto primary or secondary school grounds or other prohibited places, or carrying a weapon by most felons or anyone convicted of a domestic violence crime.
Washington does not have a self-defense law based on the castle doctrine. However, statutes long on the books are very similar to the more modern castle laws. For example, deadly force is considered lawful in Washington to prevent serious injury or death to oneself or any other person at the hands of an attacker. Deadly force is also justified to prevent a felony from being committed. Washington State’s Supreme Court has held that citizens do not have a duty to retreat before using force in the face of an attacker.
Washington is one of the more liberal states in the country when it comes to regulating citizens who want to carry a concealed weapon, experts say. The law, often referred to as a "shall issue" law, requires law-enforcement agencies to issue a concealed-weapons permit to all citizens who meet a specific list of requirements.
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In Pierce County and throughout the state, people have been grabbing up concealed pistol licenses at unprecedented rates. In January, with Tacoma crowds so heavy at times that some applicants reported four-hour waits, LESA set a record for itself with 1,964 license applications, about twice the usual volume.
The number of concealed pistol licenses has been raising fast even before the latest push for gun control. Statewide, according to the Department of Licensing, the number of license holders went from 239,000 in 2006 to 392,784 at the end of 2012, a 64 percent increase. For perspective, that’s about 1 of every 12 adults in the state.
Washington State follows British legal tradition which entails that anything not proscribed as unlawful is lawful, also known as 'The Rule of Lenity.' This gives citizens of Washington State (as well as some of individuals with temporary living status in Washington State) the right to openly carry their firearm without a concealed weapons permit (CWP). Of course the individual openly carrying must abide by the current Washington State laws such as the open carrier must be an adult of a minimum of 21 years of age and must not have any prior felonies or warrants on their record.
From a sheriff in Washington state: As Sheriff, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Washington. I will continue to do so. As Sheriff of Wahkiakum County I will not enforce any laws that are held to be unconstitutional. The Supreme Court of the United States has interpreted the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution as protecting the rights of citizens to own and possess firearms.
Washington state currently has multiple firearms manufacture’s or related companies that include: Crossroads Arms, Dave's Guns N Stuff, Dayton Traister Co Inc, Eagle View Research, Gators Custom Guns, Hensley's Firearms, High Mountain Hunting Supply, Mc Cann Industries, Mesa Rifle Works, One Shot Firearms & Acces, Wade's Eastside Guns, West Coast Armory, West Coast Armory Indoor Range, Windom & Company.
US Precision Defense has a members only section along with a section dedicated to women with all aspects of shooting and carrying concealed.