New law allows remote concealed pistol license renewal for deployed military

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Rep. Michelle Caldier, R-Port Orchard (far left), watches as Gov. Jay Inslee signs House Bill 1934. The measure will allow military members deployed outside of Washington State to remotely renew their concealed pistol licenses

Washington members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are deployed out of state soon will no longer have to return back to the Evergreen state to renew their concealed pistol licenses (CPLs). On Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee signed House Bill 1934, a measure authored by Rep. Michelle Caldier, that will allow out-of-state military members who are Washington residents to remotely renew those licenses.

Caldier, R-Port Orchard,introduced the legislation after a deployed soldier contacted her, saying to renew his CPL, he would have to fly all the way back to Washington from where he is stationed in Virginia.

“This soldier is a 22-year resident of Washington State, but he’s serving in the military in Virginia. It’s quite an inconvenience, not to mention the expense, to require our deployed military personnel to come all the way back to Washington state just to renew their CPL,” said Caldier. “This bill eliminates that requirement. It’s a small, but important step, to help our military men and women serving and sacrificing so that we can be free.”

Under the measure, local law enforcement agencies are directed to implement a CPL renewal process by Oct. 1 that will allow mail or online application processes for Washington members of the Armed Forces who are serving out of state.

The bill becomes effective in late July.

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