Frequently Asked Questions

WASPC has received many questions in regards to SHB 1501. The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs does not provide legal advice. None of the information provided on this site should be considered legal advice.

We are providing the following information based on our understanding of the intent of the bill as it progressed through the legislative process and additional information that has been provided to our office by the U.S. Department of Justice: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

  • What if a transferee/buyer completes the 4473 but we do not submit the form for approval? 

    If the FFL denies an application for the purchase or transfer of a firearm, based on applicant responses to the Form 4473 which indicate the applicant is ineligible to possess a firearm under state or federal law, the denial should be submitted under SHB 1501.

  • What if a transferee/buyer comes in to make a purchase and are denied before a 4473 is completed? 

    There is no way to track individuals who are denied a purchase if no 4473 is completed. These denials should not be reported to WASPC.
  • How long are FFLs required to maintain copies of the 4473? 

    Under SHB 1501, FFLs are required to maintain copies of the 4473 for six years. However, Federal Law requires FFLs to retain original completed forms for a period of no less than twenty years after the date of sale or disposition. 

  • Do we need to provide WASPC a copy of the 4473?

    WASPC is not requesting copies of 4473s. Additionally, under federal law, FFLs are not authorized to provide original documents to our organization.

  • I've been denied. What do I do? 

    SHB 1501 requires that applicants be provided with a copy of a notice form generated and distributed by the Washington State Patrol under section 3(5) of this act, informing denied applicants of the right to appeal the denial. Please click here to view the notice.
Last Updated on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 12:20 PM