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.

Most states and localities have laws that say where you can and cannot carry a handgun legally, including whether or not the handgun must be concealed. Be sure you know the laws for your area.

Some places where you may be allowed to have a handgun and fire it legally include:

  • Your residence or other private property
  • Your place of business
  • A campsite

Some locations where you may be prohibited from carrying a gun include:

  • Vehicles
  • School grounds
  • Courthouses and/or other government buildings, including libraries, post offices, and law enforcement offices
  • Military bases
  • City, county, or state parks
  • Places that sell or serve alcohol
  • Sporting events
  • Hospitals or nursing homes
  • Churches or other places of religious worship
  • Areas posted with signs that prohibit concealed weapons
Concealed carry prohibited sign

In addition, some areas have different laws for public places and publicly owned places.

  • Public places include places where people are invited to do business. These are usually owned by a company. Examples are automobile repair shops, convenience stores, and department stores.
  • Publicly owned places include places that are paid for by tax dollars. Examples are city parks, libraries, municipal buildings, recreation centers, and schools.