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Good News: RCW 9.41.041-HB 1562 gets new codification

RCW 9.41.041, HB 1562

HB 1562, previously discussed in this blog post has been officially codified as RCW 9.41.041. As previously discussed on this blog, HB 1562 made significant changes to the process for restoring firearm rights in Washington state. Although HB 1562 took effect on 7/23/23, the session law hadn’t actually been codified in the Revised Code of […]

House Bill 1562 Drastically Changes Firearm Restorations

House Bill 1562

On July 23, 2023, House Bill 1562 went into effect, drastically changing the rules for restoration of firearm rights and significantly narrowing eligibility. The bill also expands the list of crimes that will result in a prohibition on firearm rights. This article will discuss both aspects of House Bill 1562, along with a strategy for […]

Drug Possession: Washington Supreme Court Invalidates Every Conviction – Ever

drug possession

On February 25, 2021, the Washington Supreme Court issued its opinion in State v. Blake. The supreme court ruled that the statute criminalizing simple drug possession is unconstitutional. This is a categorical holding and extends to every simple possession conviction regardless of drug, quantity, time, or classification (felony or misdemeanor). Read on for details about the […]

New Hope Act

New Hope Act

New Hope Act Expands Eligibility for Vacating Criminal Convictions in Washington State In April 2019, the Washington Legislature passed House Bill 1041, otherwise known as the New Hope Act. Governor Inslee signed the New Hope Act into law on May 9, 2019. It will become effective on July 28, 2019. The New Hope Act makes significant […]

Initiative 1639 – What You Need to Know

Initiative 1639

On November 6, 2018, the voters of the State of Washington passed Initiative 1639, a significant new gun control measure. This post will aim to explain the major parts of the initiative and its impact on current and future gun owners in this state. Most of the law takes effect on July 1, 2019 but […]


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