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Washington Gun Laws

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1. Effective Jan 1, 2024, ALL firearm purchases (except QUALIFIED antiques) require a background check and are subject to the mandatory waiting period of 10 business days.

2. Gun laws are changing almost daily! Everyone is encouraged to stay current on all laws and their effective dates. 

3. To complete the class requirement to purchase a firearm click on the link: Free HB-1143/I-1639 Firearms Safety Training Program | Vancouver, Washington - Sporting Systems (


4. Links for up-to-date information regarding the law and the FFL process is listed below:

  • Washington Gun Law (Gun Law Lawyers)

Washington Gun Law


  • Program overview:

Centralized Firearms Background Check Program (

  • Background Check Statuses Explained:

Background Check Statuses - Secure Automated Firearms E-check (SAFE) - FFL User Training | Rise 360 (

  • State Police News and Updates:

Firearms Background Division - WSP (

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