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Washington Laws Relating to Workplace Violence

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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A summary of Washington laws relating to weapons and conduct that impact workplace violence.

In Washington a person may not carry a pistol concealed on his or her person without a license to carry a concealed pistol, except in the person's place of abode or fixed place of business.

In addition, a person may not carry or place a loaded pistol in any vehicle unless the person has a license to carry a concealed pistol and:

  • the pistol is on the licensee's person;
  • the licensee is within the vehicle at all times that the pistol is there; or
  • the licensee is away from the vehicle and the pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.

A person 18 years of age and over who is in possession of an unloaded pistol may not leave the unloaded pistol in a vehicle unless the unloaded pistol is locked within the vehicle and concealed from view from outside the vehicle.

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