2021 Firearm Rights Restoration Law
If enacted, Washington House Bill 1026 will make restoring your firearm rights after a conviction very difficult. This bill was introduced in January of 2021 and is in the Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee. Below are some changes that will go into effect if the bill is passed:Class B Felonies
If you have been convicted of Class B Felony, the new law will require ten consecutive years without a conviction of any class of crime immediately preceding petitioning to restore firearm rights. The current law only requires five consecutive years without a conviction.Protection Orders
The new law will also require five years without a protection order filed against you to petition to restore your firearm rights. This includes all orders filed against you, whether a judge grants the protection order or not.Rehabilitation
In addition to other criteria, the new bill requires the petitioner to show rehabilitation if a firearm was used in the previous conviction, but it does not define rehabilitation. This language will leave the petition up to the judge's discretion.
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