You may love to hunt. Perhaps your parent or grandparent bought you your first gun, taught you how to shoot and impressed upon you the crucial aspects of safety while carrying a firearm. From your earliest years, you anticipated this time of year when the air turns crisp and, just maybe, you could miss school one day to hunt for elk or Blacktail deer in the Washington forests.
The Second Amendment of the Constitution protects the right to bear arms. In recent years, discussions have remained ongoing regarding this often controversial topic. If you've purchased or sold a gun in the past, you likely agree with those who believe we should protect our Second Amendment rights at all costs.
If you lost your constitutional right to bear arms due to being convicted of a crime, you may be wondering if, and when, you can legally own a gun again. The answer depends on the type of crime for which you were convicted and the time that has passed since your conviction; there may also be issues associated with mental health conditions that may preclude you from owning a gun. The following information should help you determine if you are eligible to have your gun rights restored in Washington.
Gun laws in the U.S. are both complicated and controversial. Given all the storms and stresses of recent years, anxiety about further federal restrictions on legal gun ownership is understandable.
Washington State has a very detailed law on the restoration of the right to possess a firearm after those rights are post following certain criminal convictions. If you are concerned about getting your gun rights pack, it's important to know how these details apply to you.