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Loaded Firearm in Vehicle

In Washington State, it is a misdemeanor to carry a loaded firearm in or on a motor vehicle unless certain exceptions apply. Strapping a loaded rifle to a hunting vehicle such as an ATV also qualifies under the statute. The same statute creates a crime called "Unlawful Use of a Loaded Firearm."
According to RCW 77.15.460, a person is guilty of Unlawful Possession of a Loaded Firearm in a Motor Vehicle if:
  • a) The person carries, transports, conveys, possesses, or controls a rifle or shotgun in or on a motor vehicle; AND
  • b) The rifle or shotgun contains shells or cartridges in the magazine or chamber, or is a muzzle-loading firearm that is loaded and capped or primed
Unlawful Use of a Loaded Firearm is committed if a person negligently shoots a firearm from, across, or along the maintained portion of a public highway.
However, the above actions are not a crime if either
  • a) The person is a law enforcement officer who is authorized to carry a firearm and is on duty within the officer's respective jurisdiction; or
  • b) Possesses a disabled hunter's permit as provided by RCW 77.32.237 and complies with all rules of the department concerning hunting by persons with disabilities
If you, or someone you care about, has been charged (or may be) with a Loaded Firearm in Vehicle or Unlawful Use of a Loaded Firearm in King County, Skagit County, Snohomish County, or Whatcom County, call Ashbach Law Offices, LLC today at (360) 659-4950 for a free, no-pressure case evaluation.
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