Are you eligible to restore your firearm rights in Washington state?
This guide explains eligibility requirements for restoring firearm rights in Washington state.
Governing lawThe governing law in Washington on losing and restoring firearm rights is RCW 9.41.040. You lose your Washington state firearm rights when you are convicted of any felony or one of the following domestic violence misdemeanors: assault 4, coercion, stalking, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass 1, or violation of a no contact order.
Restoring your Washington state firearm rightsYou can restore your Washington state firearm rights by filing a petition to restore firearm rights in the superior court where you were sentenced or in the county where you reside. If you lost your rights because of a felony conviction, you can file the petition after you spend five consecutive years in the community without being convicted of any crime. If you lost your rights because of a domestic violence misdemeanor conviction, you can file the petition after you spend three consecutive years in the community without being convicted of any crime, and if you have completed all conditions of your sentence. You cannot restore your firearm rights if you have ever been convicted of a sex offense or class A felony.
Seek professional helpThis is a very general overview. In all cases, you should seek advice from an experienced attorney for an individualized analysis of your options.
Keep in mind that an expungement is not necessary to restore your firearm rights. Even if you are not eligible for one, you may be eligible for the other.
Firearm rights attorney serving all of Washington stateThe author of this legal guide serves clients all over Washington state.