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Alien firearms license in WA?

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by Ravage, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. Ravage

    Ravage Redmond, WA New Member

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    Hi All, I'm new to this forum. I am a UK national living in Washington state for a couple years now with a legal Visa. I'm looking at talking up target shooting and possibly hunting.

    I was wondering if anybody has had any experience in applying for a Alien firearms license or knows anything about it: http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/firearms/faalien.html

    Now one of the requirements is "documentation showing you are a member of a sport-shooting club". I've joined the West Coast Armory Range (http://www.westcoastarmory.net/) and wondering if that would be considered part of the membership requirements for the license?
     
  2. waltermitty

    waltermitty seattle Active Member

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    helped a work colleague apply for one yrs ago so it's a little fuzzy at this point.
    but my recollection is that it was pretty cut-n-dried. you do need to get some
    certified documentation showing that you're a foreigner in good standing, so
    this will most likely come from the consular corp or embassy. natch, this would
    also presume that nothing disqualifying would result such as wants/warrants,
    etc that might be revealed through background check, as well as info from the
    embassy.
     
  3. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Hey Ravage,

    Should be no problemo if you have all the listed documents. If you are a member of any shooting range organisation, most issue some sort of member ID/access card with your photo on it, and that should do.... plus of course pay those EXPENSIVE registration fees. :(

    My wife is an Aussie, but she's a permanent resident alien and doesn't have to "muck about" with this particular hoop to jump through.... best of luck!


    cheers, Mate! :thumbup:
     
  4. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    Welcome Ravage. It sounds like you have all the requirements understood. You can also check the page for the county sheriff (King County is at http://www.kingcounty.gov/safety/sheriff/Services/AlienFirearmsLicense.aspx)

    To give you some background - basically from 2006 until 2009 you couldn't get a WA AFL. The state blamed a conflict with the FBI background check process, but I think it was also post-Sept 11 paranoia. They changed the law in 2009 after the SAF and a group of WA permanent residents sued for their rights.

    Unfortunately that doesn't help you if you don't have your green card, but just a heads up that the background check might take a while. I've read elsewhere that people were getting them in about two weeks in 2009.
     
  5. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    No license is necessary to carry any or these Alien weapons.

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  6. 8ball

    8ball WA Quit talkin' and start chalking!

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    It's discrimination really. You don't need any license to carry one of these alien weapons...

    Staffweapon.jpg

    But the powers that be won't allow you to have one of these Earth weapons!

    600px-SG1P90.jpg
     
  7. Ravage

    Ravage Redmond, WA New Member

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    Yeah, when I moved over here a couple years ago that's what I thought, but I just found out about the update to the law last week. From what I understand without a greencard I can't have a concealed license, but that doesn't bother me, I am wanting a weapon for sport, not for defense. I'll always be carrying it unloaded until I am in the range.

    I'll apply later this week. Hopefully all will go well. I did read it could take up to 60 days. :sleep:
     
  8. Ravage

    Ravage Redmond, WA New Member

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    I'd take the Needler thank you very much :D
     
  9. eldbillbo

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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    just contact these guys they will hook you up