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WA State: Unlawful firearms — Exceptions

Discussion in 'NFA Weapon Discussion' started by ZeroRing, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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  2. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    Paragraph 2(B) allows them for those who are licensed under federal law, meaning FFL. But is for testing-demonstartion purposes only.

    Pretty restrictive, that's for sure.
     
  3. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Only NFA items legal to purchase in WA are AOWs and Silencers.
     
  4. wichaka

    wichaka Wa State Well-Known Member

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    ...and with silencers, you can own them, just can't use them...go figure that one!
     
  5. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I'm hoping that will be one of Northwest Firearms first battles.
     
  6. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    You can consider all these member recruitment drives, gun shows, marketing, etc. as us 'rallying the troops' :thumbup:
     
  7. JumpWing

    JumpWing NK WA Member

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    Hmm. Can't have a hacksaw now, either, apparently.
     
  8. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    Similarly we can't transport or carry automatic knives but there seems to be no prohbition in having them in a display case.

    Yes the Washington state laws are strange beyond measure. I would love to see the pointless anti-supressor laws repealed. :woot:
     
  9. torpedoman

    torpedoman land of corrupt politicians Member

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    If it works whos going to know. By the way the police swat teams use them is that illegal?
     
  10. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    LEOs get exceptions from firearm regulations.
     
  11. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    Can you show us the exception?
     
  12. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    No clue where one can be found, but I don't recall seeing an exception for LEO or military explicitly written in chapter 53 regarding the national firearm act.
     
  13. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    The state law trumps that.

    There is no exception that I have seen for LE, Military, SOTs, FBI, or ATF.
     
  14. PhysicsGuy

    PhysicsGuy Corvallis, OR Resident Science Nut

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    Well I wasn't saying that there was a federal exemption for the NFA, I was saying that the doesn't appear to be any exemption listed for the NFA. It just seems that there is a general exemption for LEOs concerning firearms (and other things), it may not be explicitly written, but its just the way things are.

    Not trying to say that it is right or wrong, just the way I see it.
     
  15. nathanh

    nathanh Vancouver, WA Member

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    The exemption is written into the law:

    RCW 9.41.190
    Unlawful firearms — Exceptions.

    (1) It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, own, buy, sell, loan, furnish, transport, or have in possession or under control, any machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle; or any part designed and intended solely and exclusively for use in a machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle, or in converting a weapon into a machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle; or to assemble or repair any machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle.

    (2) This section shall not apply to:

    (a) Any peace officer in the discharge of official duty or traveling to or from official duty, or to any officer or member of the armed forces of the United States or the state of Washington in the discharge of official duty or traveling to or from official duty; or
     
  16. nathanh

    nathanh Vancouver, WA Member

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    Looks like they're ok if you owned them before 1994.

    RCW 9.41.190
    (3) It shall be an affirmative defense to a prosecution brought under this section that the machine gun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle was acquired prior to July 1, 1994, and is possessed in compliance with federal law.
     
  17. Red Ryder

    Red Ryder Washington New Member

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    The NFA firearms are exempted for LEO and military. I have yet to find the same exemption under state law for LEO and Military for suppressors.
     
  18. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I was hoping you had found something. I wasn't pokin' at ya.

    I'm wishing there was something I hadn't seen exempting LE, Mil,SOT......
     
  19. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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    I was referring to silencers only.

    I can and do shoot Machine Guns in WA legally.
     
  20. nathanh

    nathanh Vancouver, WA Member

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    Do you know which RCW makes silencers illegal in WA? Thx.