Restoring Firearm Rights in Washington State

RCW 9.41.040(4) controls the restoration of firearm rights in Washington state after a criminal conviction. In most instances, firearm rights can be restored after a conviction for a felony or a domestic violence misdemeanor.

Can gun rights be restored after a felony in Washington?

Firearm rights can be restored after a felony conviction in Washington, so long as the following requirements are met:

  • You have gone any five consecutive years in the community without being convicted of any crime. These do not necessarily have to be the most recent five years.
  • There are no pending charges against you anywhere.
  • All of your felony points have washed.
  • You have never been convicted of a class A felony or any sex offense.

Can gun rights be restored after a DV misdemeanor in Washington?

Firearm rights can be restored after a domestic violence misdemeanor conviction in Washington, so long as the following requirements are met:

  • You have gone any three consecutive years in the community without being convicted of any crime. These do not necessarily have to be the most recent three years.
  • You have completed all the conditions of your sentence.
  • There are no pending charges against you anywhere.
  • All of your felony points have washed.
  • You have never been convicted of a class A felony or any sex offense.

While these eligibility requirements may seem simple, they are not. Felony points don't always need to wash, classifications of crimes can change over time, out-of-state criminal history needs to be considered, and court rulings may impact these requirements. Call 253-905-8415 or fill out the contact form for a personalized analysis of your eligibility from the leading Washington state gun rights lawyer.