I will spare everybody the sordid details of how I got myself into this mess. The bad news is, in my youth, I p****d my gun privileges down the toilet before I had any common sense. The good news is, I straightened up, lawyered up and got my rights restored this year. I am definitely not a lawyer myself. I immediately marched down to the sheriff's office and applied for my conceal carry permit. After day 30, no permit in the mail. I had attached my restore order to the application. Even though Washington is a shall issue state, I guess my circumstances were special in that the sheriff could decide that I am not fit to carry conceal. BUT, as it turns out, my permit got misplaced somewhere between the nice sheriff lady that processed my permit and the mail carrier. By the grace of God, I was issued one a few days later, and beautifully laminated to boot. That very same day I got a call from the local gun store saying that I was denied my purchase (a five shot snubby). They had run my background check through the local police and not the sheriff. The police ran it through NICS. Apparently NICS hadn't (hasn't) updated my file yet. So I thought I would wait a couple more weeks, try another gun store and just bypass the stupid 10 day waiting period using my conceal carry permit. I came back denied. The gun store clerk was really nice about it and told me it takes them time to update after a restoration. The first gun store kind of iced me out. I don't know if I will buy from them. As I understand it, prior to I594 I could of bought a pistol in a private sale, but now I have to wait until NICS updates my file. I have applied for a UPIN. Given my circumstances, I think a lot of people would want to think twice before selling me a gun. I don't really blame them. But through this journey I have learned a few things. First off: you can't just buy a gun off the internet. And no, I am not about to pay 100 dollars for a cheap burner from a gangbanger that has been used in how many liquor store hold ups. I have class and I am patient. I have my eyes set on several nice weapons. I have a family and home to protect. Secondly: if you have a suspician that our rights are being stripped by people who do not have our best interests at heart, you're right, they are. In surprising ways. I won't burden you with the "wake up sheeple!" lecture. Some of you know all too well. And lastly: I would implore you to get out and vote. Maybe I deserve my past to catch up with me, but my family does not. Neither does yours. If you think for a second that expanding background checks makes society safer, take it from me. I have seen just enough of the underworld to know that evil will get the means to destroy lives. Write your legislator, your senator and most importantly vote. Don't do it to influence my right to carry, do it for your's and every other decent American. We don't have to have to make it a race or religion thing today, but we need to support the second amendment now more than ever. So getting back to the subject if you had your rights denied and restored, I would like to hear how long it took before you could buy. I would like to update this thread when I have successfully made a purchase as well. (And yes, I have been clean as a whistle for a while now. It did cost money and a lot of time).