Age limit?

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  1. skywag

    On the Columbia River
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    In Washington State, can a 20 year old go out shooting alone with a handgun? Or does he have to be 21?


  2. gogoDawgs

    Federal Way, WA
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    Under the RCW above you can go alone. I am not sure why you would want to be alone though.
  3. Kimber Custom

    Kimber Custom
    Vancouver, WA
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    Yes: RCW 9.41.240: Possession of pistol by person from eighteen to twenty-one. See the exemption under 9.41.060.

    Exceptions to restrictions on carrying firearms.

    *** CHANGE IN 2011 *** (SEE 1041-S.SL) ***

    The provisions of RCW 9.41.050 shall not apply to:

    (1) Marshals, sheriffs, prison or jail wardens or their deputies, or other law enforcement officers of this state or another state;

    (2) Members of the armed forces of the United States or of the national guard or organized reserves, when on duty;

    (3) Officers or employees of the United States duly authorized to carry a concealed pistol;

    (4) Any person engaged in the business of manufacturing, repairing, or dealing in firearms, or the agent or representative of the person, if possessing, using, or carrying a pistol in the usual or ordinary course of the business;

    (5) Regularly enrolled members of any organization duly authorized to purchase or receive pistols from the United States or from this state;

    (6) Regularly enrolled members of clubs organized for the purpose of target shooting, when those members are at or are going to or from their places of target practice;

    (7) Regularly enrolled members of clubs organized for the purpose of modern and antique firearm collecting, when those members are at or are going to or from their collector's gun shows and exhibits;

    (8) Any person engaging in a lawful outdoor recreational activity such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or horseback riding, only if, considering all of the attendant circumstances, including but not limited to whether the person has a valid hunting or fishing license, it is reasonable to conclude that the person is participating in lawful outdoor activities or is traveling to or from a legitimate outdoor recreation area;

    (9) Any person while carrying a pistol unloaded and in a closed opaque case or secure wrapper; or
  4. deadeye

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    To answer your question, yes. At 18yrs you are legally able to own/posess a handgun but you would need to be 21yrs to buy from an FFL.

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