Washington imposes a 10 day waiting period on the sales and transfers of ‘semiautomatic assault rifles’ (effective July 1, 2019).1

While not a mandatory waiting period, Washington allows ten days to complete a background check on a prospective purchaser prior to delivery of other firearms.2 If, however, an applicant has an outstanding warrant for his or her arrest, the dealer must hold the delivery of the handgun until the warrant is served and satisfied by appropriate court appearance.3 Where local law enforcement discovers open criminal charges, pending criminal or commitment proceedings, or an arrest or outstanding warrant for an offense making a person ineligible to possess a handgun, if the records of disposition have not yet been reported or entered sufficiently to determine eligibility to purchase a handgun, the local jurisdiction may hold the sale and delivery of a handgun up to 30 days in order to confirm existing records in Washington or elsewhere.4 After 30 days, the sale or delivery may proceed unless an extension is approved by a local district court or municipal court after a showing of good cause.5

See our Waiting Periods policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. See Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.41.092. ⤴︎
  2. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.41.092. ⤴︎
  3. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.41.090(3). Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.41.090(4) (Effective July 2019). ⤴︎
  4. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.41.090(4). Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 9.41.090(5) (Effective July 2019). ⤴︎
  5. Id. ⤴︎