In Washington State, the law provides that juvenile records (even serious felonies) can be sealed. The statutes governing the sealing of juvenile records contain specific language that says once those records are sealed the underlying conviction is to be, for all reasons, as though it never happened. There is good case law – at both the state and federal levels – that clearly states that means sealing a juvenile record effectively restores a person’s gun rights. So why is the FBI NICS division denying people their gun rights after they’ve had their juvenile record sealed in Washington State? Continue Reading →
The restoration of gun rights in Washington State, or in any state, is never a simple matter. Restoring gun rights often means navigating many variable facts and laws, and applying the very narrow language of case law and Washington State gun rights statutes to your particular gun rights restoration case. The GREEN LAW OFFICE in Spokane, WA provides free telephone consultations with clients who want to restore gun rights all over the State of Washington. Continue Reading →
It has been a while since I’ve written about the restoration of gun rights. For about 10 years now my practice has focused on restoring citizens’ guns rights in Washington State under RCW 9.41.040(4). And now, more than ever, there are almost as many questions as there are answers when it comes to gun laws. Restoring firearms rights is a complicated process. The procedure, on its face, is fairly simple; but once you delve into the inconsistencies and murkiness of how the gun laws are interpreted, very little is certain. It is important to speak to a knowledgeable gun rights lawyer so that you are aware of the potential issues with getting your gun rights restored.
More confounding now than ever is the inconsistent treatment by the NICS Division of the FBI of seemingly “run of the mill” gun rights restoration cases. It seems that every time NICS updates its system, crashes and has to restore to a backup, or who-knows-what else goes on at the FBI, the records of people whose gun rights have been restored get crossed up. We here at the GREEN LAW OFFICE have sought and been granted dozens, if not hundreds, of orders restoring people’s gun rights in almost every county in the State of Washington. Most of them result in the smooth restoration of clients’ rights and their nearly immediate ability to walk into a gun store and purchase a gun – as the law clearly states they should be able to do. Every once in a while, though, something inexplicable goes awry, and there is an issue. While that cannot be avoided, or explained, the GREEN LAW OFFICE commits to all our clients that if there is an issue with an unexpected denial after the restoration of your gun rights under RCW 9.41.040, we will communicate with the FBI and assist you with your appeal as part of the services we provide for our reasonable flat rate.*
Nothing is a certainty in the current political climate, especially when it comes to gun laws. Federal gun laws and state gun laws are inconsistent, not only between the state and federal levels, but sometimes even at the same level. Different representative from different agencies, and different judges from different jurisdictions can all interpret the gun laws differently on any given day. Given the questions left by the gun laws, and the difficulty in navigating those issues, it is vitally important that you speak to a knowledgeable gun rights lawyer about your case before you petition the court for the restoration of your firearm rights so that you can avoid the pitfalls and protect yourself from unexpected surprises – or even criminal liability – down the road.
Call the GREEN LAW OFFICE today to discuss your gun rights restoration case with a seasoned gun rights lawyer. Hunting season is right around the corner!
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Hunting seasons in Washington State are in full swing, and many Washington State residents are unable to engage in hunting with their families due to the revocation of their gun rights. I receive calls from many clients who admit they made some poor choices long ago – often in their youth – that resulted in having their gun rights taken away. Now, after decades in the community without any other criminal infractions, they are still unable to take their kids hunting. Don’t let that be you when Washington State law allows for the restoration of your gun rights. Continue Reading →
Hunting seasons have begun in Washington State, and as rifle and black powder seasons draw near, don’t be left home because you’ve had your gun rights taken away. There is still time before the late firearms seasons for you to have your gun rights restored in Washington State if you act now! Continue Reading →