Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

The role of the Washington Attorney General’s Office with regard to firearms is limited, but below is a list of a few ways in which the office is involved in this area of the law.

Washington’s firearms laws can be found in ​ RCW 9.41.


Firearms Access in Washington

On October 31, 2016, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson submitted a White Paper to Governor Inslee making findings and recommendations for administrative improvements and legislative changes that Washington policy makers could consider or should take to improve Washington’s laws and policies related to access to firearms in our state.

To access the White Paper and other related documents and information, please click here.


Proposal to Ban Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines

In September 2016 Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced he would submit agency request legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines in Washington state. The legislation will be filed for the 2017 legislative session.

For more information on the proposed legislation, please click here.  


Concealed Weapons & Reciprocity

Our office’s role is limited to a determination of concealed weapons permit reciprocity with other states.  For further information on that topic please access this page to learn what states Washington currently has reciprocity with and reasons why we do not currently have reciprocity with other states. 

For questions regarding whether a state who we do not have reciprocity with will recognize your Washington permit, please contact that state directly.

For questions regarding the use of your concealed weapon permit from another state within Washington, please contact local law enforcement.

For information generally on concealed weapons please click here.

For information on reciprocity, please click here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the questions we receive are asked on a frequent basis, please click here for answers to these questions.