About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Washington Handgun Education Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain handgun education certification from Handgun Safety Course. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about handgun safety.

Know your local handgun laws

Before using a handgun for any purpose, make sure you know the law.

  • Although the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms, federal laws regulate the interstate sale and transportation of handguns. In addition, every state government and many local governments have laws that govern and define the use of handguns.
  • You should know your rights and responsibilities under your state's laws pertaining to self-defense and the use of force.
  • Ignorance of handgun laws is not a valid excuse for violating them.