Restoring Gun Rights in Washington

If you are convicted of a felony or a crime involving domestic violence, you are banned to possess a firearm for your entire life. There are NO exceptions and there is NO minimum. Knowingly possessing a firearm after you are banned from possessing a firearm is a felony under Washington Law.

Even being in a house or car where you know a firearm is present could result in a charge and conviction of a felony.

Gun Rights Restored

Your ability to have your gun rights restored is based largely upon: (1) the nature of your conviction; and the (2) the length of time since your conviction or release from custody. Some crime convictions prohibit your ability to ever have your gun rights restored. Below are the following requirements you must meet before seeking to restore your gun rights:

  • No new pending criminal charges in any state or federal court;

  • You cannot be subject to an active restraining order;

  • If you were convicted of a felony:

    • At least 5 years has passed since the date of your conviction or release from custody;
    • Your conviction cannot be for a felony sex offense, a Class A felony, or other felony that faces a potential sentence of at least 20 years.
  • If you were convicted of a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor:

    • At least 3 years from date of your conviction or release from custody (unless your conviction has a domestic violence enhancement, then at least 5 years must have passed since the date of your conviction or release from custody.

For Washington State background checks, you can order and print out your own criminal history at the following link: https://fortress.wa.gov/wsp/watch/

Once you have this criminal history, you can contact us to discuss your eligibility.

Federal Law

There is currently no procedure for restoring your gun rights if you were convicted of a crime under federal law. So even if your rights are restored under Washington law, you could still be prohibited from having your gun rights restored.

What Can You Loose From A Criminal Conviction

If you are convicted of a crime, you can suffer several consequences. Below is a list of just a few ways a conviction can negatively affect you:

Harm to your Reputation | Time in prison or jail | Large Fines | Loss of your right to carry or possess a firearm | Loss of your right to vote | Your assets can be seized | Permanent criminal record; and Immigration consequences.