I've tried to explain the benefits and disadvantages of getting concealed weapons licenses to numerous individuals. Some of them think I come off sounding like an anti-government nut, and others completely agree with me. I try not to support one choice over another, as I am even a little unsure which is really the best way for me.
A license will allow you to purchase handguns with no waiting period (many states allow everyone this privelege, but I tend to talk to WA residents).
It will also remain on file for at least a year after it expires, marking you as a gun-control target.
Your name is likely already on file for gun purchases.
You will legally be allowed to carry a loaded weapon in your car.
It requires you to beg the government for a right you should already have.
You can legally carry a weapon openly in WA.
The concealed license will cover you should you accidentally conceal.
Police are not always aware that open carry is legal.
It costs money.
A trial costs more.
Ultimately, it's up to each person to decide whether they should submit to the government's licensing. There are always benefits to either side, as well as each side's disadvantages. Most (possibly all) of my friends who carry have submitted to the government. I don't believe it's right for the government to require it, but I don't hold it against a person whether they choose to be licensed or not.
Sorry about the bizarre rant this time. Maybe next post will be more interesting.