Is a holster required in Washington State?
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  1. Is a holster required in Washington State?

    I'm looking at a belt clip for my Ruger LCP but happened upon another forum calling its legality into question. Just making sure, any input?

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    Quote Originally Posted by memyself View Post
    I'm looking at a belt clip for my Ruger LCP but happened upon another forum calling its legality into question. Just making sure, any input?
    Are you talking about a pocket clip? I have no idea what a belt clip is but if your asking about something like this http://www.okshooters.com/forums/att...8&d=1210745381 ? I would have to ask why? With nothing covering the trigger if something should get stick in the trigger guard your setting your self up for a AD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S&WM&P40 View Post
    Are you talking about a pocket clip? I have no idea what a belt clip is but if your asking about something like this http://www.okshooters.com/forums/att...8&d=1210745381 ? I would have to ask why? With nothing covering the trigger if something should get stick in the trigger guard your setting your self up for a AD.
    +1 on that with the exception of it is no longer considered an AD or accidental discharge. Todays terminology in the Army is ND or negligent discharge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retired Grunt View Post
    +1 on that with the exception of it is no longer considered an AD or accidental discharge. Todays terminology in the Army is ND or negligent discharge
    Well in this case a ND would fit better. Because they are knowingly walking around around with a unsafe weapon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S&WM&P40 View Post
    Well in this case a ND would fit better. Because they are knowingly walking around around with a unsafe weapon.
    Well, I have a LCP and though it does not have a physical safety, one can always not have a round loaded in the chamber. How much effort an time is required to jack a round into the chamber ready to fire? IMHO, not much!

    If you do not fire the round, it is another simple matter to drop the clip, open the breech and the unspent round comes out. Reload the unspent round back into the clip and away you go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garand View Post
    Well, I have a LCP and though it does not have a physical safety, one can always not have a round loaded in the chamber. How much effort an time is required to jack a round into the chamber ready to fire? IMHO, not much!

    If you do not fire the round, it is another simple matter to drop the clip, open the breech and the unspent round comes out. Reload the unspent round back into the clip and away you go.
    They make a LCP revolver?



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    When carrying a concealed firearm, ALWAYS use a holster. It is very important that you protect the trigger, as failure to do so is one of the most common causes of negligent discharges (ND). As the owner of the firearm, and the one in control of the firearm, YOU are responsible for every bullet that exits the barrel.

    Regardless of if you carry chambered or not, you should have a good holster that will keep the firearm where you need it to be, AND protect the trigger, so the probability of a ND is greatly reduced.



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    I don't know if a holster is required, but I do use the fobus holster made for the ruger LCP and I find it first rate. It's low profile and has excellent retention.

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    i live in eastern washington 60 miles west of spokane and to my knowledge there is no law requiring an holster. however to be safe a holster should always be used. one of my guns is a north american arms 22 magnum mini-revolver and i carry it in a pocket holster. the only time i like belt or clip-on holsters is if there is a way to be sure that they dont come off thus losing your gun. accessibility is always important as you need to access the gun quickly and making sure that when you draw your gun you dont draw your holster as well. of course a holster should protect the gun as well. i know there are many more qualified people on this forum than me but to the best of my knowledge there is no law regarding how you may conceal your gun in washington. when i got my cpl i asked the sheriff about any restrictions on how i could carry and was told there was none. i also researched the rcw. however concealed does mean concealed and i am told there are a few over zealous leo who believe that if you accidentally show your firearm you are guilty of brandishing. i can not cite any specific case law on that however. as i understand washinton is an open carry state but open carry is tolerated sometimes and sometimes not depending where you are. and before anybody gets mad i am not against open carry. i just think it is a matter of choice concealed or open carry. whatever you do always be safe and never stop practicing. what part of washinton do you live in?

  11. Thanks for the input all. If I did utilize an external clip, it would be for immediate expediency, and I simply wanted the option. I would not have a round chambered in that event, and if I did't have an inside pant holster available and my ankle holster just became way too hot, or malf'ed, I'd like to know I can relocate easily. A clip, even if never used, leaves that option on the table.

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