Alien Firearms Permit - WA state


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artandscience
April 20, 2008, 07:14 PM
I suspect I may have a fair-sized problem. I'm a permanent resident alien and have just moved to WA state. I brought my guns with me, only to learn that I need to buy an "Alien Firearms License" here. No problem, I'm down with supporting the local constabulary.

However, the state is no longer issuing them as the FBI has said that they will not report the results of a background check to an non-LE agency (like the Dept of Licensing here in WA).

So, I cannot get a permit, but I still have my guns.

Possession here without a permit is a felony.

I cannot find any reference to a grandfather clause or something that would help me. I've recently passed background checks in other states and am otherwise law-abiding (and would like to stay so).

Does anyone know of a provision that will cover my continued ownership or must I transfer them all to a family member who is an American citizen?

And yes, before you ask, this has pushed me off the fence to file for my citizenship. But that process (post 9/11) can now take between six months and three years to be completed.

thanks!

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MD_Willington
April 20, 2008, 07:25 PM
Get your guns out of your possession ASAP, give them to a relative or good friend that is of age and a US citizen ASAP, 18 for long arms and 21 for pistols.


Check out AFL troubles here: http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=297951

artandscience
April 20, 2008, 07:26 PM
That will happen this week. Just to be safe.

NavyLCDR
April 20, 2008, 08:59 PM
Why does the person have to be 21 for handguns? Possession of handguns and private purchase of handguns is allowed in WA state at 18.

MD_Willington
April 20, 2008, 09:26 PM
okay, 18 then...

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