How to Sell a Gun in Washington

Selling a gun in Washington requires knowledge of the state’s laws to ensure gun owners are in compliance and don’t make any mistakes. The state of Washington has various laws concerning the ownership, transfer, and the carrying of firearms. When considering selling a gun to in a private sale, buyers and sellers will want to be informed of the regulations surrounding firearms.

The following information is from the Washington State Legislature official website in its Senate Committee Services firearms law summary of 2019.

Selling a Firearm to a Non-FFL, Private Party

Selling to a Federal Firearms License (FFL) is much easier but if you want to sell to a private party you’ll want to be informed.

Initiative 594, passed by Washington voters in 2014, subjects most private transfers between individuals to a background check conducted through a licensed dealer. First-time, knowing violations of this requirement are a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. (RCW 9.41.113.)

In Washington, only licensed firearms dealers are authorized to engage in retail sales of firearms. In order to obtain a dealer license, the person must first receive a federal firearms license (FFL) and undergo a fingerprinting and background check through local law enforcement. (RCW 9.41.110.)

For a pistol or semi-automatic rifle sale or transfer, a purchaser must complete a purchase application with an FFL dealer. The FFL then forwards the application to one of Washington’s 260 local sheriffs or police departments to conduct the National Instant Criminal Background Check and a state background check.

Washington State Firearm Prohibitors

It appears that Washington uses only federal guidelines for disqualifications for purchasing a firearm in the state.


  • Conviction (felony or misdemeanor) where the crime has a maximum imprisonment term exceeding 1 year (even if a buyer did not receive actual imprisonment exceeding 1 year).
  • Warrant (felony or out-of-state misdemeanor).
  • Felony pre-trial release.
  • Misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence restraining/stalking/protection order mental health adjudication or commitment.
  • Unlawful use or addicted to a controlled substance (including marijuana).
  • Dishonorable discharge from the armed forces.
  • Renounced U.S. citizenship.
  • Illegal alien.

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