Washington State too. I carried, legally, before I received my CPL. I still open carry, it's just now I can conceal if I want to and I don't have to unload the gun when getting in the vehicle. When traveling, I also open carry in states that it is legal to do so (Wyoming for instance) that do not recognize my Washington CPL, so, in those states, I would be carrying without a license.
I am appalled, quite frankly, that your #1 assumption was 1. The bad guys.