Legal Information: Washington

State Gun Laws

Updated: 
August 10, 2017

I have a protection order against the abuser. Can s/he keep a gun or buy a new gun?

Washington law says that if an abuser has a protection order (including a DVOP, SAPO, stalking protection order, or civil anti-harassment order) issued against him/her under certain conditions, it is unlawful for him/her to have or buy a gun.  For more information, see I am the victim of domestic violence and the abuser has a gun.  Is that legal?


Federal laws, which apply to all states, also restrict an abuser's right to have a gun if you have an order for protection against him/her that meets certain requirements even if the judge does not specifically include on the order that s/he cannot have a gun.  Go to the Federal Gun Laws page to get more information.


If you are afraid for your safety, talk to your local domestic violence program about your options.  Go to the WA Advocates and Shelters to find a program in your area.