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Proportion of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Washington, the percentage of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 34.0%1
2002: 36.2%2
2001: 33.1%3

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Washington, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be

2004: 40.35%4

Proportion of Households with Firearms by Decade

ChartIn Washington, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 50.8%5 6
1991/2000: 57.0%
1981/1990: 54.8%

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 8497
2016: 6867
2015: 718
2014: 7028
2013: 632
2012: 681
2011: 624
2010: 609
2009: 623
2008: 587
2007: 548
2006: 546
2005: 567
2004: 569
2003: 565
2002: 568
2001: 510
2000: 523
1999: 585

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 12.297
2016: 12.47
2015: 11.28
2014: 10.68
2013: 10.46
2012: 10.26
2011: 10.72
2010: 10.94
2009: 10.55
2008: 10.43
2007: 8.48
2006: 8.57
2005: 9.06
2004: 9.21
2003: 9.26
2002: 9.38
2001: 8.52
2000: 8.87
1999: 10.01

Total Number of Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual male deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 7327
2016: 5887
2015: 587
2014: 596
2013: 542
2012: 584
2011: 525
2010: 509
2009: 522
2008: 519

Rate of Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of male gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 20.817
2016: 21.42
2015: 19.30
2014: 18.29
2013: 17.80
2012: 18.25
2011: 18.31
2010: 19.03
2009: 18.39
2008: 18.31

Total Number of Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual female deaths resulting from firearms total

2017: 1177
2016: 987
2015: 131
2014: 106
2013: 90
2012: 97
2011: 99
2010: 100
2009: 101
2008: 68

Rate of Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of female gun death per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.167
2016: 2.69
2015: 3.65
2014: 3
2013: 2.58
2012: 2.81
2011: 2.89
2010: 2.96
2009: 3.02
2008: 2.06

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Washington, annual homicides by any means total

2017: 2617
2016: 2097
2015: 231
2014: 203
2013: 201
2012: 225
2011: 176
2010: 175
2009: 190
2008: 219
2007: 201
2006: 221
2005: 231
2004: 217
2003: 219
2002: 213
2001: 195
2000: 200
1999: 190

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.527
2016: 2.87
2015: 3.22
2014: 2.87
2013: 2.88
2012: 3.26
2011: 2.58
2010: 2.60
2009: 2.85
2008: 3.34
2007: 3.11
2006: 3.47
2005: 3.69
2004: 3.51
2003: 3.59
2002: 3.52
2001: 3.26
2000: 3.39
1999: 3.25

Male Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Washington, annual male homicides by any means total

2017: 1957
2016: 1547
2015: 168
2014: 149
2013: 155
2012: 159
2011: 116
2010: 127
2009: 130
2008: 166

Rate of Male Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of male homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 5.277
2016: 4.23
2015: 4.69
2014: 4.22
2013: 4.45
2012: 4.62
2011: 3.40
2010: 3.79
2009: 3.91
2008: 5.08

Female Homicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Washington, annual female homicides by any means total

2017: 667
2016: 557
2015: 63
2014: 54
2013: 46
2012: 66
2011: 60
2010: 48
2009: 60
2008: 53

Rate of Female Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of female homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.787
2016: 1.51
2015: 1.76
2014: 1.53
2013: 1.32
2012: 1.91
2011: 1.75
2010: 1.42
2009: 1.79
2008: 1.61

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Washington, annual firearm homicides total

2017: 1657
2016: 1467
2015: 162
2014: 120
2013: 1168
2012: 127
2011: 88
2010: 114
2009: 118
2008: 127
2007: 124
2006: 123
2005: 141
2004: 122
2003: 111
2002: 110
2001: 106
2000: 112
1999: 108

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 2.237
2016: 2
2015: 2.26
2014: 1.70
2013: 1.66
2012: 1.84
2011: 1.29
2010: 1.70
2009: 1.77
2008: 1.94
2007: 1.92
2006: 1.93
2005: 2.25
2004: 1.97
2003: 1.82
2002: 1.82
2001: 1.77
2000: 1.90
1999: 1.85

Male Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Washington, annual male firearm homicides total

2017: 1367
2016: 1107
2015: 123
2014: 96
2013: 100
2012: 95
2011: 68
2010: 87
2009: 92
2008: 106

Rate of Male Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of male firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.677
2016: 3.02
2015: 3.43
2014: 2.72
2013: 2.87
2012: 2.76
2011: 1.99
2010: 2.60
2009: 2.77
2008: 3.24

Female Gun Homicide Victims

ChartIn Washington, annual female firearm homicides total

2017: 297
2016: 367
2015: 39
2014: 24
2013: 16
2012: 32
2011: 20
2010: 27
2009: 26
2008: 21

Rate of Female Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of female firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.787
2016: 0.99
2015: 1.09
2014: 0.68
2013: 0.46
2012: 0.93
2011: 0.58
2010: 0.80
2009: 0.78
2008: 0.64

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Washington, according to figures9 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual handgun homicides total

2017: 7510 11
2016: 69
2015: 84
2014: 54
2013: 47
2012: 71
2011: 58
2010: 73
2009: 75
2008: 82
2007: 78
2006: 90
2005: 103
2004: 82
2003: 66
2002: 81
2001: 80
2000: 77
1999: 77
1998: 84
1997: 95
1996: 105
1995: 111

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, according to figures12 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.0113
2016: 0.95
2015: 1.17
2014: 0.77
2013: 0.67
2012: 1.03
2011: 0.85
2010: 1.08
2009: 1.12
2008: 1.25
2007: 1.21
2006: 1.41
2005: 1.65
2004: 1.33
2003: 1.08
2002: 1.34
2001: 1.34
2000: 1.30
1999: 1.32
1998: 1.46
1997: 1.67
1996: 1.89
1995: 2.03

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual handgun homicides total

2017: 167
2016: 23
2015: 38
2014: 27
2013: 13
2012: 15
2011: 13
2010: 19
2009: 20
2008: 14
2007: 11
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 43
2004: 45
2003: 23
2002: 16
2001: 12
2000: 34
1999: 39

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.227
2016: 0.32
2015: 0.53
2014: 0.38
2013: 0.19
2012: 0.22
2011: 0.19
2010: 0.28
2009: 0.30
2008: 0.21
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.69
2004: 0.73
2003: 0.38
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.58
1999: 0.67

Male Handgun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male handgun homicides total

2017: 107
2016: 177
2015: 26
2014: 20
2013: 10
2012: 12
2011: 10
2010: 14
2009: 18
2008: 10

Rate of Male Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.277
2016: 0.47
2015: 0.73
2014: 0.57
2013: 0.29
2012: 0.35
2011: 0.29
2010: 0.42
2009: 0.54
2008: 0.31

Female Handgun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female handgun homicides total

2017: 67
2016: 6
2015: 12
2014: 7
2013: 3
2012: 3
2011: 3
2010: 5
2009: 2
2008: 4

Rate of Female Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.167
2016: 0.16
2015: 0.33
2014: 0.20
2013: 0.09
2012: 0.09
2011: 0.09
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.06
2008: 0.12

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Washington, according to figures14 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual long gun homicides total

2017: 210 11
2016: 16
2015: 8
2014: 10
2013: 7
2012: 7
2011: 4
2010: 6
2009: 20
2008: 12
2007: 11
2006: 15
2005: 19
2004: 14
2003: 18
2002: 4
2001: 11
2000: 26
1999: 8
1998: 11
1997: 31
1996: 21
1995: 28

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, according to figures15 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.0313
2016: 0.22
2015: 0.11
2014: 0.14
2013: 0.10
2012: 0.10
2011: 0.06
2010: 0.09
2009: 0.30
2008: 0.18
2007: 0.17
2006: 0.24
2005: 0.30
2004: 0.23
2003: 0.29
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.18
2000: 0.44
1999: 0.14
1998: 0.19
1997: 0.55
1996: 0.38
1995: 0.51

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual long gun homicides total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 12
2013: 10
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 13
2006: 13
2005: 17
2004: 15
2003: 15
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 16
1999: 13

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0.17
2013: 0.14
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Male Long Gun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male long gun homicides total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Male Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Long Gun Homicide Victims (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female long gun homicides total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Female Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Washington, according to figures16 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), annual firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 5710 17
2016: 42
2015: 49
2014: 30
2013: 32
2012: 28
2011: 17
2010: 14
2009: 6
2008: 16
2007: 10
2006: 2
2005: 4
2004: 10
2003: 1
2002: 2
2001: 3
2000: 5
1999: 5
1998: 5
1997: 9
1996: 3
1995: 10

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, according to figures18 from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.7713
2016: 0.58
2015: 0.69
2014: 0.43
2013: 0.46
2012: 1.52
2011: 1.05
2010: 1.29
2009: 1.39
2008: 1.58
2007: 0.15
2006: 0.03
2005: 0.06
2004: 0.16
2003: 0.02
2002: 0.03
2001: 0.05
2000: 0.08
1999: 0.09
1998: 0.09
1997: 0.16
1996: 0.05
1995: 0.18

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 1437
2016: 1157
2015: 116
2014: 81
2013: 937 11
2012: 105
2011: 72
2010: 87
2009: 93
2008: 104
2007: 100
2006: 103
2005: 81
2004: 62
2003: 73
2002: 86
2001: 85
2000: 62
1999: 56

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of firearm homicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.937
2016: 1.58
2015: 1.62
2014: 1.15
2013: 1.33
2012: 1.52
2011: 1.05
2010: 1.29
2009: 1.39
2008: 1.58
2007: 1.55
2006: 1.62
2005: 1.29
2004: 1.00
2003: 1.20
2002: 1.42
2001: 1.42
2000: 1.05
1999: 0.96

Male Gun Homicide Victims (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual male firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 1207
2016: 887
2015: 90
2014: 68
2013: 81
2012: 79
2011: 56
2010: 66
2009: 72
2008: 88

Rate of Male Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of male firearm homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 3.247
2016: 2.42
2015: 2.51
2014: 1.93
2013: 2.33
2012: 2.30
2011: 1.64
2010: 1.97
2009: 2.17
2008: 2.69

Female Gun Homicide Victims (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, annual female firearm homicides (other) total

2017: 237
2016: 277
2015: 26
2014: 13
2013: 12
2012: 26
2011: 16
2010: 21
2009: 21
2008: 16

Rate of Female Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Washington, according to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) figures, the annual rate of female firearm homicides (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.627
2016: 0.74
2015: 0.73
2014: 0.37
2013: 0.34
2012: 0.75
2011: 0.47
2010: 0.62
2009: 0.63
2008: 0.49

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Washington, annual suicides by any means total

2017: 1,2947
2016: 1,1347
2015: 1,134
2014: 1,114
2013: 1,025
2012: 1,038
2011: 1,020
2010: 955
2009: 919
2008: 885
2007: 865
2006: 809
2005: 822
2004: 830
2003: 803
2002: 811
2001: 712
2000: 727
1999: 816

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 17.477
2016: 15.56
2015: 15.82
2014: 15.78
2013: 14.70
2012: 15.05
2011: 14.93
2010: 14.20
2009: 13.78
2008: 13.49
2007: 13.39
2006: 12.70
2005: 13.14
2004: 13.43
2003: 13.16
2002: 13.40
2001: 11.89
2000: 12.33
1999: 13.97

Male Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Washington, annual male suicides by any means total

2017: 9997
2016: 8877
2015: 823
2014: 849
2013: 774
2012: 817
2011: 767
2010: 739
2009: 715
2008: 698

Rate of Male Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of male suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 26.977
2016: 24.36
2015: 22.96
2014: 24.05
2013: 22.22
2012: 23.74
2011: 22.49
2010: 22.06
2009: 21.51
2008: 21.35

Female Suicide Victims (any method)

ChartIn Washington, annual female suicides by any means total

2017: 2957
2016: 2477
2015: 311
2014: 265
2013: 251
2012: 221
2011: 253
2010: 216
2009: 204
2008: 187

Rate of Female Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of female suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2017: 7.977
2016: 6.77
2015: 8.67
2014: 7.50
2013: 7.19
2012: 6.40
2011: 7.40
2010: 6.40
2009: 6.10
2008: 5.68

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Washington, annual firearm suicides total

2017: 6397
2016: 5157
2015: 537
2014: 551
2013: 4838
2012: 529
2011: 495
2010: 464
2009: 470
2008: 439
2007: 413
2006: 397
2005: 398
2004: 423
2003: 436
2002: 437
2001: 391
2000: 390
1999: 450

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 8.637
2016: 7.07
2015: 7.49
2014: 7.80
2013: 6.93
2012: 7.67
2011: 7.25
2010: 6.90
2009: 7.05
2008: 6.69
2007: 6.39
2006: 6.23
2005: 6.36
2004: 6.85
2003: 7.14
2002: 7.22
2001: 6.53
2000: 6.62
1999: 7.70

Male Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Washington, annual male firearm suicides total

2017: 5547
2016: 4577
2015: 447
2014: 470
2013: 410
2012: 466
2011: 423
2010: 393
2009: 399
2008: 394

Rate of Male Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of male firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 14.967
2016: 12.55
2015: 12.47
2014: 13.31
2013: 11.77
2012: 13.54
2011: 12.41
2010: 11.73
2009: 12.01
2008: 12.05

Female Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Washington, annual female firearm suicides total

2017: 857
2016: 587
2015: 90
2014: 81
2013: 73
2012: 63
2011: 72
2010: 71
2009: 71
2008: 45

Rate of Female Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of female firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 2.307
2016: 1.59
2015: 2.51
2014: 2.29
2013: 2.09
2012: 1.82
2011: 2.11
2010: 2.10
2009: 2.12
2008: 1.37

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Washington, annual handgun suicides total

2017: 4057
2016: 3577
2015: 365
2014: 346
2013: 2587
2012: 289
2011: 249
2010: 235
2009: 280
2008: 211
2007: 233
2006: 262
2005: 248
2004: 296
2003: 294
2002: 280
2001: 248
2000: 248
1999: 294

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 5.477
2016: 4.90
2015: 5.09
2014: 4.90
2013: 3.70
2012: 4.19
2011: 3.65
2010: 3.49
2009: 4.20
2008: 3.22
2007: 3.61
2006: 4.11
2005: 3.96
2004: 4.79
2003: 4.82
2002: 4.63
2001: 4.14
2000: 4.21
1999: 5.03

Male Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Washington, annual male handgun suicides total

2017: 3467
2016: 3137
2015: 297
2014: 278
2013: 217
2012: 247
2011: 208
2010: 193
2009: 228
2008: 186

Rate of Male Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of male handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 9.347
2016: 8.60
2015: 8.28
2014: 7.88
2013: 6.23
2012: 7.18
2011: 6.10
2010: 5.76
2009: 6.86
2008: 5.69

Female Handgun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Washington, annual female handgun suicides total

2017: 597
2016: 447
2015: 68
2014: 68
2013: 41
2012: 42
2011: 41
2010: 42
2009: 52
2008: 25

Rate of Female Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of female handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.597
2016: 1.21
2015: 1.90
2014: 1.93
2013: 1.18
2012: 1.22
2011: 1.20
2010: 1.24
2009: 1.56
2008: 0.76

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Washington, the number of long gun suicides is

2017: 1077
2016: 87
2015: 82
2014: 101
2013: 957
2012: 102
2011: 93
2010: 97
2009: 84
2008: 104
2007: 94
2006: 79
2005: 111
2004: 115
2003: 130
2002: 105
2001: 92
2000: 89
1999: 114

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.447
2016: 1.19
2015: 1.14
2014: 1.43
2013: 1.36
2012: 1.48
2011: 1.36
2010: 1.44
2009: 1.26
2008: 1.58
2007: 1.45
2006: 1.24
2005: 1.77
2004: 1.86
2003: 2.13
2002: 1.73
2001: 1.54
2000: 1.51
1999: 1.95

Male Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Washington, annual male long gun suicides total

2017: 997
2016: 817
2015: 77
2014: 99
2013: 85
2012: 98
2011: 84
2010: 92
2009: 79
2008: 96

Rate of Male Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of male long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 2.677
2016: 2.22
2015: 2.15
2014: 2.80
2013: 2.44
2012: 2.85
2011: 2.46
2010: 2.75
2009: 2.38
2008: 2.94

Female Long Gun Suicide Victims

ChartIn Washington, annual female long gun suicides total

2017: 87
2016: 6
2015: 5
2014: 2
2013: 10
2012: 4
2011: 9
2010: 5
2009: 5
2008: 8

Rate of Female Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of female long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.227
2016: 0.16
2015: 0.14
2014: 0.06
2013: 0.29
2012: 0.12
2011: 0.26
2010: 0.15
2009: 0.15
2008: 0.24

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Washington, annual gun suicides (other) total

2017: 1277
2016: 71
2015: 90
2014: 104
2013: 1307
2012: 138
2011: 153
2010: 132
2009: 106
2008: 124
2007: 86
2006: 56
2005: 39
2004: 12
2003: 12
2002: 52
2001: 51
2000: 53
1999: 42

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 1.717
2016: 0.97
2015: 1.26
2014: 1.47
2013: 1.86
2012: 2
2011: 2.24
2010: 1.96
2009: 1.59
2008: 1.89
2007: 1.33
2006: 0.88
2005: 0.62
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.86
2001: 0.85
2000: 0.90
1999: 0.72

Male Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn Washington, annual male gun suicides (other) total

2017: 1097
2016: 637
2015: 73
2014: 93
2013: 108
2012: 121
2011: 131
2010: 108
2009: 92
2008: 112

Rate of Male Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of male gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 2.947
2016: 1.73
2015: 2.04
2014: 2.63
2013: 3.10
2012: 3.52
2011: 3.84
2010: 3.22
2009: 2.77
2008: 3.43

Female Gun Suicide (Other) Victims

ChartIn Washington, annual female gun suicides (other) total

2017: 187
2016: 8
2015: 17
2014: 11
2013: 22
2012: 17
2011: 22
2010: 24
2009: 14
2008: 12

Rate of Female Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of female gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 0.497
2016: 0.22
2015: 0.47
2014: 0.31
2013: 0.63
2012: 0.49
2011: 0.64
2010: 0.71
2009: 0.42
2008: 0.36

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 11
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 3
2006: 9
2005: 10
2004: 12
2003: 6
2002: 9
2001: 4
2000: 8
1999: 12

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.16
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.05
2006: 0.14
2005: 0.16
2004: 0.19
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.15
2001: 0.07
2000: 0.14
1999: 0.21

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional male shooting deaths total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 10
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.29
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional female shooting deaths total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 1
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0.03
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 11

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Male Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Female Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by handgun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Male Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Female Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by long gun total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Unintentional Male Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional male shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Male Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional male shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Unintentional Female Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Washington, annual unintentional female shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Unintentional Female Handgun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unintentional female shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)8
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 2
2006: 8
2005: 6
2004: 4
2003: 6
2002: 4
2001: 3
2000: 9
1999: 7

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.03
2006: 0.13
2005: 0.10
2004: 0.06
2003: 0.10
2002: 0.07
2001: 0.05
2000: 0.15
1999: 0.12

Male Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual male shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Male Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause male shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual female shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Female Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause female shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Male Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual male deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Male Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause male handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual female deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Female Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause female handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Male Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual male deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Male Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause male long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual female deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Female Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause female long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)7
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0 (suppressed)
2010: 0 (suppressed)
2009: 0 (suppressed)
2008: 0 (suppressed)
2007: 0 (suppressed)
2006: 0 (suppressed)
2005: 0 (suppressed)
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 0 (suppressed)
2002: 0 (suppressed)
2001: 0 (suppressed)
2000: 0 (suppressed)
1999: 0 (suppressed)

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 0
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0
2007: 0.00 (unreliable)
2006: 0.00 (unreliable)
2005: 0.00 (unreliable)
2004: 0.00 (unreliable)
2003: 0.00 (unreliable)
2002: 0.00 (unreliable)
2001: 0.00 (unreliable)
2000: 0.00 (unreliable)
1999: 0.00 (unreliable)

Male Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual male deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Male Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause male gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Female Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Washington, annual female deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2017: 07
2016: 0 (suppressed)7
2015: 0 (suppressed)
2014: 0 (suppressed)
2013: 0 (suppressed)
2012: 0 (suppressed)
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Rate of Female Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Washington, the annual rate of unknown-cause female gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2017: 07
2016: 07
2015: 0
2014: 0
2013: 0
2012: 0
2011: 0
2010: 0
2009: 0
2008: 0

Legal Intervention Gun Homicides

ChartIn Washington, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2017: 317
2016: 19
2015: 13
2014: 22
2013: 19
2012: 16
2011: 2619
2010: 15
2009: 22
2008: 0
2007: 9
2006: 14
2005: 16
2004: 0 (suppressed)
2003: 30
2002: 25
2001: 2020
2000: 8
1999: 9
1998: 6
1997: 15
1996: 8
1995: 18

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Washington at a rate of 11.921 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Washington ranked at No. 3421 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation - Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Washington is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Washington includes the Revised Code of Washington and the Constitution of Washington 188923

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Washington are regulated by the State of Washington24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Washington, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Washington, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns, unless possessed prior to 1 June 1994,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Washington, private possession of fully automatic weapons is permitted subject to federal licensing and registration30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Washington, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Washington, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 36 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Washington, non-prohibited persons of minimum age36 35 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Washington is 18 years37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Washington stipulates38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Washington, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is not required39 25 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Washington, the law requires for handguns only (records destroyed after six years)40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Washington, licensed firearm dealers are required (for handguns and secondhand dealers only)41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Washington, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted42 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Washington, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful43 25 26

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Washington is not obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks for Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Washington is obliged44 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Washington, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

ChartThe number of licensed firearm dealers in Washington is reported to be

2015: 2,85746
2014: 2,89947
2013: 2,87148
2012: 2,72449
2011: 2,52950

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Washington, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is 5 days (handguns)51 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Washington, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated52 25 26 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Private

Firearm regulations in Washington do not include53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations - Dealer

Firearm regulations in Washington do not include54 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Regulations in Washington include55 53 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Washington, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law56 57 58 59 25 26

Ballistic Record of Firearms and Ammunition

In Washington, the ballistic characteristics of each civilian firearm and its ammunition are not60 25 26 recorded in a register

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Washington, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is prohibited61 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Washington, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Washington, local licensing authorities "shall issue", without room for discretion,39 62 25 26 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Washington, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (to those state that meet Washington State requirements)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Washington, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are exempt (concealed weapons permits issued on or after 7/22/11)63 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Washington, private guns are prohibited in courthouses, mental health facilities, bars, restricted areas of airports, correctional facilities, outdoor music festivals, administrative buildings, all facilities of the Washington State School for the Blind and the Washington State School for the Deaf, horse racing association grounds,64 vehicles (loaded long guns and exposed handguns)55 and schools65 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV

In their 'A-F' State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ranked Washington as ‘B-’66

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Washington on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 1567
2010: 1768
2009: 1769
2008: 1870
2007: 1871

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Washington at No. 1672 among 50 US States


Short References

1.

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