Assault Weapons Ban in Washington

Assault Weapons Ban in Washington

As of Saturday, April 8th, House Bill 1240 was passed by the Washington State Senate, enacting an Assault Weapons Ban in Washington that prohibits the sale and manufacture of what is defined as “assault weapons.” The bill doesn’t have a clear definition of what an “assault weapon” is; rather, it lists a variety of makes and models under the umbrella term of “assault weapons.”

What does an assault weapons ban mean for you in Washington?

Until the law is in effect, the general public will still be able to buy and sell assault weapons. In fact, gun sales have risen over 400% in the past few days as the news of the bill passing has spread and people flock to gun stores in order to purchase guns. What the bill doesn’t do is ban the ownership or possession of assault weapons, so owning an assault weapon prior to the bill going into effect won’t be in violation of the new law.

What if I lost my firearm rights?

If you have lost your firearm rights due to a prior conviction, now may be the most opportune time to restore your gun rights. The second amendment is an important symbol of liberty in the State of Washington, and the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer strongly believes in the right to possess. However, the process to restore your gun rights in Washington can be nuanced and technical in nature and an experienced attorney is highly recommended for such a task.

What are my next steps in restoring my rights Against Assault Weapons Ban in Washington?

Hiring an attorney is one of the best methods to ensure that all necessary steps are taken in order to restore your firearm rights in an effective and efficient manner. The Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer handles numerous firearm restoration cases each month and has the knowledge and experience to get the job done right the first time. We will give you a straightforward path to restoring your firearm rights and guide you every step of the way.

What does the process look like?

Your attorney will draft up a petition along with the other necessary court pleadings, communicating with you along the way and gathering necessary information which will go before a judge. Once the paperwork has been reviewed and approved by you, the paperwork will be filed and a court date will be screened. An attorney will be able to assist you from start to finish without you even ever having to step foot in a courtroom. Once the judge signs the order, the attorney will reach out to you and let you know that your rights to firearms have been restored.

What happens when my gun rights are restored?

The next step you should take once you have the order that reinstates your gun rights is to apply for a concealed weapons permit. Through this application you are able to check if there are any other obstacles preventing you from possessing, purchasing, or selling firearms. It is important to note that depending on your conviction your gun rights may be restored at the state level but not at the federal level. This is because there is no federal firearm restoration process at the time, the only process is available at state level. Due to this circumstance, federal restrictions to your gun ownership may still apply. One of our specialized attorneys will help you better understand the types of restrictions that you are under based on your prior conviction.

We do not handle the following areas in relation to firearm restoration

  • The restoration of firearm rights in areas outside of Washington State
  • FBI related gun right issues
  • Firearm restoration regarding Federal convictions
  • NCIS Appeals

Get in touch now with the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer if you have any additional questions in regards to restoring your firearm rights. Now is the best time to ensure that your freedoms are protected and one of our highly qualified attorneys will be happy to assist you.