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Jan. 18 campus event may include armed participants

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The Department of Enterprise Service (DES) has issued a permit for a Friday, Jan. 18, event on the North Steps of the Legislative Building from 9 a.m. to noon. The event is called “Rally for Your Rights” and is organized by the Gun Rights Coalition.

The event organizers have informed DES that some participants will likely bring guns to the event. State law allows citizens to openly carry firearms in most public areas, including the Capitol Campus.The event organizers have informed DES that some participants will likely bring guns to the event. 

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is aware of the event and will be present on the campus that day. WSP advises anyone who perceives a threat on the Capitol grounds to call 9-1-1.

Event organizers expect about 150 people to attend the event.

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