Our role in the implementation of Initiative 594 is limited to record keeping requirements. The Department of Licensing’s (DOL) Firearms Program is only the record keeping authority, as noted in RCW 9.41 which is the Law Relating to Firearms and Dangerous Weapons. We’re responsible for maintaining many of the state’s firearms records, including:
We can’t provide legal advice or help the public or licensed firearm dealers interpret the firearms statutes found in RCW 9.41 or I-594.
We’ll continue to provide guidance to the public and licensed firearms dealers about forms for pistol sales and transfers. We’ll also provide guidance on the process to notify us if you acquire a pistol upon the death of the prior owner.
Local Law Enforcement Agencies are responsible for licensing firearms and enforcing firearms laws. They process:
Please contact your local law enforcement agency if you have questions about:
We recommend you seek private legal advice for your business questions. We can’t provide legal advice or interpretation of I-594.
For questions regarding federal firearms licenses or firearms transfers and sales in other states contact the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) at www.atf.gov.
To report possession or ownership of a pistol acquired upon the death of the prior owner after December 4, 2014, contact the Firearms Program at 360.664.6616 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.