One of the consequences of being convicted of a felony offense in Washington State is that you will lose your eligibility to own a firearm. There’s no expiry date to the ban, meaning that once it’s imposed, it is there forever. It makes owning a firearm a felony offense in itself, and there are no exceptions allowed for any reason.
One option is to petition the court to have your right restored. Eligibility will depend on the nature and severity of your offense as well as the amount of time that has passed since your conviction.
What are the benefits of making a petition?
1. You can own a firearm again
The most obvious benefit of petitioning for firearm restoration is that, if granted, you are eligible to exercise your second amendment rights and legally own a firearm once again.
This also includes the ability to collect and own antique guns as well as regaining your rights to hunt with a firearm for sport and to go shooting for target practice. Even if you have no intention of owning a gun again, restoring your rights gives you the option should you change your mind.
2. It reduces the chance you are accused of breaking the law
Being in a house or car where someone else has a gun can leave you in a position where you face a felony conviction. Even if they don’t belong to you, any allegation that you’re in possession of a firearm illegally can result in you facing felony charges.
Applying for restoration can be a complex process, and there are many factors the court will take into consideration. Having legal assistance can help you to make your petition as strong and persuasive as possible.