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WA State: Guns on School Premises?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Sun195, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Washington State prohibits carrying firearms on school premises:

    Does this apply to schools that are closed & no longer used as schools? There's an elementary school nearby that's been closed for years & is used as a dog park/cut-through for the neighborhood. Does this property still retain its "school premises" status even though it's not being used that way? I didn't see a definition in the law.

    There's also this provision of the law:

    I don't see these anywhere around the property.
     
  2. wsu 5.9er

    wsu 5.9er Spanaway WA Member

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    I would say since there are no students or teachers, it's not a "school" anymore. It's simply a building now. You're probably fine. :thumbup:
     
  3. Tactical SS

    Tactical SS Washington Member

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    If they aren't being used by public or private schools, I don't think the law applies to them... but that's just what I think.
     
  4. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    It's not clear to me whether the "while being used" modifier applies to all of the places listed, or just the "areas of facilities" portion of this sentence. I may just call my local PD to ask their opinion - although, if they say "yes", I'd really like to better understand how to interpret this.
     
  5. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Notice that the law specifically says elementary, secondary and private schools so that means it is legal to carry on a college campus although I suppose they might be offended if you did.

    Also, here they rent out the gyms for non-school related programs, since that's not "while being used exclusively by public or private schools" I wonder how that would be adjudicated?

    Here in Vancouver there's an ex school building that's being used as a club with the Boys and Girls Club sharing the facilities. Since it's not "while being used exclusively by public or private schools" it's again a questionable area.

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  6. bryan7675

    bryan7675 Kent, WA New Member

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    Not directly related, but kinda close. If you have a concealed carry permit, you can carry while dropping off and picking up a child at a school. Subsection 3 is a list of exceptions to carry a weapon on school grounds.
    9.41.280 subsection 3 part (e)
    Any person in possession of a pistol who has been issued a license under RCW 9.41.070, or is exempt from the licensing requirement by RCW 9.41.060, while picking up or dropping off a student;