Denied Firearms Transactions

During the 2017 Regular Session, the Washington State Legislature enacted SHB 1501, an act relating to protecting law enforcement and the public from persons who illegally attempt to obtain firearms. WASPC encourages all interested parties to read the bill in its entirety.  

Click here for additional information on the reporting requirements for firearms dealers. 

2019 & 2020 Firearms Changes

WASPC cannot provide legal advice. The information below is not legal advice. The resources below are being provided in an effort to increase information sharing. Please note, this is not an exhaustive compilation of communications or resources. 

Firearm Background Check System -- Single Point of Contact

In 2020, the Washington State Legislature enacted ESSHB 2467, establishing a centralized single point of contact background check system for firearms transfers. The bill also established the "Background Check Advisory Board."

The Washington State Patrol developed and submitted an implementation plan to the Governor and Legislature in December 2020. The Background Check Advisory Board also submitted the 2020 Annual Report to the Governor and Legislature. Please consider reviewing the implementation plan, including projected timelines for implementation, and the Annual Report. 

Implementation Timeline and Decentralized vs. Centralized Process Review (Added 08/05/21) 

Join the WSP Firearms Listserv for information regarding the status of the Secure Automated Firearms E-Check (SAFE) system, any changes to laws that affect FFLs or citizens, or other pertinent information. Click here for more information on the Listserv. (Added 10/11/21)

Questions should be directed to Washington State Patrol Firearms Background Division. Office: (360) 704-7840 | [email protected]