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Old December 11, 2005, 03:30 AM   #6
Join Date: May 16, 2000
Location: Washington state
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As woodland said, there's no training requirement here in Washington, not even a lecture about the laws. You just go in, let 'em take your fingerprints, give them some money, and you're good to go. Been that way for my entire lifetime (WA was issuing carry permits when it was still just a pipe dream for most the rest of the nation).

Compare that to our next-door neighbor, Oregon.

Demographics between both states are roughly the same, but permits in Oregon, when all is said and done, end up costing significantly more than those in Washington simply because of Oregon requires some (minimal) training. I believe as a result, Oregon issues fewer permits than Washington does.

But here's the clincher: The mistaken-shooting rates among carry permit holders in both states is the same (eg miniscule). There's no extra blood running in the streets in WA that I ever heard of.

Apparently, whatever problem the mandatory training is designed to solve in Oregon, doesn't exist in Washington.

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