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Air gun Laws Washington State

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    pagec037
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    Hey guys, First I apologize if this is covered somewhere. I am new to air gunning and to this forum, learning my way around. I will get straight to the point then. I am a felon, and am unsure of the laws regarding air guns for Wa. I have done some digging into the subject, but want to make absolutely sure that i am not breaking any laws before I order my Texan. Does Washington State classify air guns as firearms? Can I as a felon legally purchase, own an air gun here? Thanks in advance for any guidance and info. 

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    c.wallace_06
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    PM headed your way

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    oledawg
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    Personally I would look for legal advise from the state. They should hopefully have free online or call in support. 

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    Offhand
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    Revised Code of Washington 9.41.041 is the statute that prohibits some individuals from ownership or possession of firearms. 

    Paragraph (11) of that statute provides: 

    (11) "Firearm" means a weapon or device from which a projectile or projectiles may be fired by an explosive such as gunpowder. "Firearm" does not include a flare gun or other pyrotechnic visual distress signaling device, or a powder-actuated tool or other device designed solely to be used for construction purposes.

     

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    Kgun
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    Good advice Offhand. I agree. In general, air rifles are not considered firearms because there's no fire/gunpowder involved. But pagec037 raised a great question because his particular case is complicated.  If I were in your shoes, I'd ask your local Law Enforcement agency where they issue concealed carry permits. They would probably have the right answer, or at least point you in the right direction. Good on ya for your honesty and guts to ask!  Please let us know what you find out.

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