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Firearms & Weapons

Firearms and Weapons

While the federal government has some limited regulation on firearms, gun regulations are primarily reserved for the states. As a result, gun regulations vary widely from state to state.

Washington regulations require a five-day waiting period before purchasing handguns, up to 60 days for non-residents. The state also prohibits non-citizens, those convicted of certain domestic violence violations, minors, and others from purchasing and possessing firearms. Washington state law has designated certain areas where it is a violation of law to possess a firearm, regardless of whether you are lawfully carrying concealed. Municipalities may also have laws, in keeping with state law, that prohibit firearm possession.  It is up to the individual to be informed of the applicable restrictions and requirements for possessing and using firearms or weapons. Examples of common firearm/weapon charges include:

  • Theft of Firearm (9A.56.300)
  • Possession of Stolen Firearm (9A.56.310)
  • Carrying Loaded Pistol Without Permit (9.41.050)
  • Possession of Firearms by Minor (<18) (9.41.040(2)(a)(iii))
  • Possession of Dangerous Weapon (9.41.250)
  • Intimidating Another Person by use of Weapon (9.41.270)

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.