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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Universal Background Checks in Washington.’ Background Checks. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 16 May
Private Sales in Washington
Washington law has no law requiring a background check on the purchaser of a firearm when the seller is not a licensed dealer.
Private firearms transfers (i.e., transfers by non-firearms dealers) are not subject to a background check requirement in Washington, although federal and state purchaser prohibitions still apply…
State law also provides that no person may deliver a firearm to any person whom he or she has reasonable cause to believe is ineligible to possess a firearm.
Washington prohibits any person from knowingly providing a firearm to a person confined in a detention facility.
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