Losing your gun rights usually isn’t permanent: Washington state law provides a way for most people to get their rights restored! If your criminal conviction was well in the past, and you have lived an upstanding life since then, you are probably eligible.
Am I Eligible to Have My Gun Rights Restored?
- It depends on the crime you were convicted of and the court where your case was tried.
- You ARE potentially eligible to have your rights restored if you were convicted of a Class B or Class C felony, or most misdemeanors.
- You are NOT eligible to have your rights restored if you were convicted of a Class A felony, most sex crimes, or certain other violent crimes.
- You are NOT eligible to have your rights restored if you were tried and convicted in a federal court, as federal law does not provide a way for lost gun rights to be restored.
What Do I Need to Do to Restore My Rights?
- You must complete a waiting period of 3 to 10 years following your conviction or your release from prison (whichever occurred later), depending on the type of crime you were convicted of.
- If your case involved domestic violence, you must complete all of your court-ordered sentencing conditions, such as serving probation, paying fines and restitution, completing a continuing education program, or performing community service.
- You must not have any new criminal charges pending, or any new convictions.
Which Court Should I Go To?
- You can file your petition to restore your gun rights in the Washington State county where you currently live. If you are a Thurston County resident, then you can use the Thurston County Superior Court.
- You don’t have to travel to the county where you originally had your rights taken away.
- This (usually) also applies if you originally lost your gun rights in another state.
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