Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

On October 31, 2016, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a White Paper making findings and recommendations for administrative improvements and legislative changes to improve Washington’s laws and policies related to access to firearms in our state. This White Paper examines some of the legal, policy, or practical issues surrounding this topic, and was prepared in response to a request from Governor Jay Inslee in Executive Order 16-02.

A copy of the cover letter sent to the Governor can be found here.

A summary of the recommendations contained in the 2016 White Paper can be found here

Among other things, the 2016 White Paper updates a 2007 White Paper issued by Attorney General Rob McKenna. The 2007 document and related information can be found here

A comparison of the 2007 White Paper Recommendations and Outcomes can be found here

A summary of relevant legislation related to firearms access adopted by the Washington Legislature between 2007 and 2016 is here.