Great! You’re interested in your first firearm. Here are some easy notes on it and even a message from Mary herself to help you get started.
What You’ll Need:
1- You’ll need a valid (not expired) picture identification either State or Federal is required for all purchases.
2- Proof of WA State residency is required for all handgun purchases. Proof includes a copy of your orders if you are in the military, or if a civilian with out of state I.D. a copy of a lease or utility bill in WA State which is at least 3 months old which bears your name and matches your photo identification.
The easiest form of residency proof is a valid WA State issued I.D. Card or WA State drivers license.
At present there is a 12 business day wait for disposition (delivery) of your purchase unless you have a valid WA State Concealed Pistol License and pass an instant background check. Instant background checks are answered with 1 of 3 possible answers- PROCEED (You leave the store with your purchase as soon as it is paid in full) DELAYED (You must wait until the background check is completed by the National Instant Background Check System, typically 1 to 10 business days) and DENIED (Your purchase will not be allowed). Pistol licenses from other states are not used for purchases in WA State.
Handgun purchases can be made by Washington (WA) State residents or military personnel assigned to WA State.
Long Gun Information
Long gun purchases can be made by out of state residents as well as WA State residents.
In WA State, long gun purchasers are not required to have special licenses or state residency for the Instant Background Check.
Again, we are bound by the response of the system, Proceed, Delayed or Denied.
Typically a juvenile conviction can show on a background check if it isn’t sealed! So, get that sealed!It’s easier than you think!
Unpaid tickets can show up and you’ll have to get things squared up before purchase is allowed. Easy payment plans can be discussed with many departments before they are sent to collection- take your hat in hand and ask nicely for the best plan and stick to it! You’ll be dealing with another human being, so just treat them like you’d like to be treated!
There are some things we all have to wait for resolve. If you have a ‘protection order’ issued either for or against you, it may have to lapse before your purchase will be approved.
Come down to the store and look over the list of questions that will determine eligibility to own a firearm . Dan or I will help you with understanding how the answers will affect your purchase. Just remember that we WANT to sell you a gun! Even if you are denied a sale, we will give you information that will help you overturn the decision if it is at all possible!
A $50. fee is built into the price of all my firearms and is paid when we have a deal and do the paperwork. It is not refundable if you are denied or change your mind! If you have any doubts, let’s talk about them first!
Mary 253-671-8211 (leave a message, I can’t answer the phone when other customers are waiting.)