Washington 
Wash. Rev. Code Ann. ยง 7.105.010 to 7.105.902
(Nb: Provisions effective 7/1/22)

Who May Petition

Law Enforcement Agency

Burden of proof for Emergency Order or Ex Parte Order

Reasonable cause to believe that the respondent poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to self or others in the near future by having in the respondent's custody or control, purchasing, possessing, accessing, receiving, or attempting to purchase or receive, a firearm.

Notice and Opportunity

Notice of hearing is included in the order

Service

Personal service by LEO 

What is Prohibited?

Custody or control, access, possess, purchase, receive, or attempt to purchase or receive, a firearm, or a concealed pistol license

Relinquish Firearms

Surrender firearms and concealed pistol license to LEA serving order. Compliance hearingis set within 3 days of order issuance

Seizure by LEA

LEO must get search warrant for firearms not relenquished

Burden of Proof at Hearing

Preponderance of the evidence that the respondent poses a significant danger of causing personal injury to self or others by having in the respondent's custody or control, purchasing, possessing, accessing, receiving, or attempting to purchase or receive, a firearm.

Authority to Order Mental Health/Substance Abuse Evaluation

Court may order a behavioral health evaluation

Entry into NICS

Entry into NICS and state database system by designated LEA

Duration of Order after Hearing

1 year

Warrantless Arrest Permitted in Statute

Not specified in statute

Criminal Penalty

First Offense Gross Misdemeanor, third and subsequent offenses class C Felony

Contempt Penalty

 

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