Washington State’s New Gun Safety Laws – What You Need to Know

In 2024, Washington State will see significant changes to its gun laws, aimed at enhancing public safety and promoting responsible gun ownership. Here is a detailed overview of the new laws and their specific effective dates.

Assault Weapons Ban: House Bill 1240

This bill introduces a major change in gun control by prohibiting the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale, or offering for sale of assault weapons. While current owners are permitted to retain their assault weapons, the bill restricts new acquisitions and dealings in these firearms.

Mandatory Safety Training and Waiting Period: House Bill 1143

House Bill 1143 mandates a 10-day waiting period and completed safety training for all firearm purchases. This expands safety requirements to all firearms, aiming to ensure a comprehensive approach towards gun purchases in the state.

Increased Accountability for Manufacturers and Retailers: Senate Bill 5078

Senate Bill 5078 focuses on firearm manufacturers and retailers, requiring stringent enforcement of laws, accurate inventory tracking, and prevention of sales to ineligible buyers. This increases the accountability of those in the firearm business.

Specific Effective Dates of the New Laws

  • House Bill 1240: Effective as of the date of signing, April 25, 2023.
  • Senate Bill 5078: Effective 90 days after April 25, 2023.
  • House Bill 1143: Effective January 1, 2024.

Understanding the Impact

These laws mark a significant step in Washington State’s efforts to reduce gun violence and ensure safety. It’s essential for gun owners, retailers, and the public to be aware of these changes to ensure compliance and promote responsible firearm handling and ownership.

As these laws take effect, they are expected to significantly influence the landscape of gun ownership and safety in Washington State. It’s important for those affected to stay informed about these regulations for legal compliance and personal safety.