2023 Gun Rights Restoration Update

New Washington Laws for Restoring Gun Rights

Washington State changed its gun rights restoration statute in 2023. The process to restore gun rights in Washington State has been governed by RCW 9.41.040 for many years now. The legislature in Olympia agreed on changes to the gun laws this year, and in 2023 the statute controlling the unlawful possession of firearms and the restoration of gun rights has been split into two new sections. RCW 9.41.040 now only sets forth the laws regarding the unlawful possession of firearms in Washington State. RCW 9.41.041 has been created to deal only with restoring gun rights in Washington State. While there were not any substantive changes to the law or process for restoring your gun rights in Washington, there are some new steps to the process for restoring gun rights and new requirements for the court filings necessary to restore gun rights that may not be immediately obvious. Below we’ll discuss some of the changes to the gun rights restoration laws in RCW 9.41.041.

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