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Can I restore my firearm rights in Washington if I have a domestic violence conviction?

You can restore your right to possess a firearm after misdemeanor domestic violence conviction if you meet the following six requirements:  (There are similar requirements if you have a felony conviction)

1. You completed all the conditions of your misdemeanor sentence

This includes any treatment requirements, firearms safety classes, and any other probation requirements.  

This also includes paying off all your fines, fees, and probation assessments.

2. There are no pending criminal charges against you anywhere

There cannot be any pending charges against you in any court anywhere--this means Washington, Oregon, California, any other state, any federal court, or any tribal court.

Only criminal charges are disqualifying—civil judgments, administrative orders, or traffic tickets will not prevent you from filing a motion to restore your firearm rights.

3. You have gone three (3) consecutive years without being convicted of a crime

This does not necessarily mean the three (3) most recent years before you filed your petition.

Example #1You pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault in 2012.  In 2018, you pleaded guilty to DUI and spent 6 months in jail.  You file a petition to restore your firearm rights in 2020.  You are eligible for restoration because you spent 6 crime-free years in the community between 2012 and 2018. 

Example #2  You pleaded guilty to domestic violence assault in 2008.  You pleaded guilty to DUI in 2011.  You then pleaded guilty to theft in 2017.  You file a petition to restore your firearm rights in 2020.  You are eligible for restoration based on your crime-free years between 2011 and 2017. 

4. You have not been convicted of a Class A felony

Class A felonies are the most serious crimes in Washington.  They carry a maximum possible punishment of life in prison.

Here are the most commonly charged Class A felonies in Washington:

  • Aggravated murder
  • Murder in the first degree
  • Murder in the second degree
  • Manslaughter in the first degree
  • Rape in the first degree
  • Rape of a child in the first degree
  • Rape of a child in the second degree
  • Child molestation in the first degree
  • Arson in the first degree
  • Burglary in the first degree
  • Robbery in the first degree
  • Kidnapping in the first degree
  • Kidnapping the second degree with sexual motivation
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Assault in the first degree
  • Assault of a child in the first degree
  • Indecent liberties by forcible compulsion

You also cannot restore your firearm rights for conspiracy or solicitation to commit a Class A felony. 

5. You have not been convicted of any sex offense

In addition to any Class A felony sex offenses, you cannot restore your firearm rights if you have been convicted one of the following sex offenses:

  • Child molestation in the second degree
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Indecent liberties
  • Incest when committed against a child under 14
  • Any other class B felony with a finding of sexual motivation

6. You have no prior disabling felony convictions

Not every felony conviction on your record is a disqualifying conviction for purpose of firearms restoration.  After a certain period of time, your older felonies “wash out”—meaning they won't prevent you from possessing firearms again.

Under Washington law, your prior felonies “wash out” once you have gone a certain period of time without “committing any crime that subsequently results in a conviction.”

For Class B felonies, the wash out period is 10 years.  For Class C felonies, the wash out period is 10 years.  Class A felonies and sex offenses never wash out.

Example #1You are convicted of robbery in the second degree (a class B felony) in 2004.  You petition to restore your firearm rights in 2020.  Your robbery conviction has washed out and will not preclude you from restoring your firearm rights, assuming you meet the other statutory requirements.   

Example #2You plead guilty to theft in the second degree (a Class C felony) in 2014.  In 2018, you are charged with DUI but the State later dismisses the case for insufficient evidence.  You petition for restoration in 2020. 

You are eligible, assuming you meet the other statutory requirements.  Your DUI charge did not interrupt the 5-year wash out period for your theft conviction, because you were never convicted.

How much do you charge to restore my gun rights?

We generally charge between $1,250 and $2,000 to restore your gun rights.  When we talk, we'll quote you an exact fee based on the circumstances of your particular case. 

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