Second Amendment activists like these citizens will gather on the capitol steps in Olympia, Washington Jan. 12 to resist new gun control efforts. (Dave Workman)
In a state where national elections seem to turn blue, Washington may be something of a contradiction, considering that the past several years have seen concealed carry skyrocket while Seattle liberals have lobbied hard for increasingly extremist gun control measures.
A look back to 2013 shows that the year opened with 392,784 active concealed pistol licenses, according to the state Department of Licensing. One year later, in January 2014, the number had climbed to 449,532, and by the end of that year there were 478,460 active CPLs. On Dec. 31, 2015, Washington had 509,578 CPLs in circulation and by Jan. 3 of last year there were 571,476