Maybe I am just making too much of this... We'll see if there is any response from this:
Senator Mary Margaret Haugen
Representative Norma Smith
Representative Barbara Bailey
Mr. John H.
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 720 - ....
Black powder antique firearms and state pistol transfer form
Honorable Senator and Representatives,
Why does the WA State DOL require that dealers complete the State Pistol Transfer Form for antique cap and ball black powder revolvers and pistols and replicas of such antiques? Why has the exception for these items contained in RCW 9.41.090(7) not been placed into effect? Antique firearms are defined in RCW 9.40.010(1) and clearly includes cap and ball black powder revolvers and pistols whether actual antiques or replicas of antiques.
I recently purchased a replica of an 1851 Navy Colt cap and ball black powder revolver from a dealer and was required to complete the WA State Pistol Transfer Form for the transaction. While these sales may be very uncommon, it would appear as if the completion of this form, and the associated manpower to process the form by law enforcement agencies, would be an unneccesary expenditure of state funds if the legislative intent of the RCW 9.41.090(7) exception was to exempt these items from such processing.
If the RCW 9.41.090(7) exception does not apply to antique firearms as defined by RCW 9.40.010(1), then exactly what items would the exception apply to?
Thank you for your time and attention.
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