Washington WA state background delay?

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First time purchasing a pistol in WA state, my FFL told me it's not a " instant background" like Oregon and that the FBI no longer does NCIC checks anymore for WA state since 2019. He said the local police does them now. Just wondering how much validity there is to this? I have no reason to doubt him. Just trying to understand the process. I was told it could take a few days or so..

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ma96782

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Certainly, the NEW AND IMPROVED background checks etc..... have made things SAFER for the people of WA (and the entire Nation)?

Rrrrright.......
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When I first moved here (from HI).....it was GREAT to taste FREEDOM. Now a days......I just figure, BOHICA. People don't call it the LEFT COAST for nothing.

Until there is some real change in OLYMPIA's thinking.....

It is what it is.

Aloha, Mark
 
To answer the question, yes, due to some laws past in the last couple of years, the background checks are done by the state. I believe they have up to 10 days to respond and, theoretically, if the dealer hasn't gotten a negative in that time they can release the firearm. Though there are reports that some dealers won't release until they get an affirmative from the police.
 
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My girlfriend bought a kimber micro 9 from bi mart in cheney. August 24 paperwork filled out, expired 30 days later, re done paperwork, 2 weeks later called bi mart, they said something wasn't right , 2 weeks wasted, did paperwork again and she finally got to pick it up yesterday, the 23rd of october
 

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First time purchasing a pistol in WA state, my FFL told me it's not a " instant background" like Oregon and that the FBI no longer does NCIC checks anymore for WA state since 2019. He said the local police does them now. Just wondering how much validity there is to this? I have no reason to doubt him. Just trying to understand the process. I was told it could take a few days or so..

Thanks,
I live in Seattle and purchased a lever action rifle recently and my background check took 8 days to come back. However, I am not a citizen, but a legal resident (Green Card holder) and that could had added to my delay. My friend from Seattle purchased a hand gun this Tuesday and she is still waiting for her background check to clear. WA background check are definitely much slower these days than they used to be. Good Luck!
Dan
 
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Took me 8 business days for the approval to pick up 3 pistols. I live in Pierce county. My FFL said another guy is waiting longer for just ONE! Maybe having a non-typical name helps weed through similar named people, as another poster in another thread stated. First time buying pistols in WA, too.
 

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