Some firearms transfers in Washington State are now exempt from I-594’s background check requirements, thanks to a new law that took effect July 23.
SB 5552, signed by Gov. Inslee in May, expands what had been an extremely narrow definition of family member for the purpose of transfers, restores the ability of employers to transfer firearms to its employees or agents, and exempts firearms transfers for the purpose of suicide prevention.
Under an FPC-sponsored amendment, the law also restores the ability of federally licensed collectors of curios and relics to conduct normal activities under federal guidance when the item is defined as a curio or relic under federal law.
We again applaud the bipartisan effort to modestly address some unintended consequences of I-594 and restore the ability of federally licensed collectors to go about their normal activities.