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Old 03-19-2017, 05:45 PM   #1
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Not looking for tips on gun models... Rather gun ownership laws and regulations.
I'm a 100% noob at owning a gun, so I don't want to run afoul of the law.

My situation:
Active duty military
Live in Washington state
Legal resident of Texas
Will get orders to a different state next year, and I will be driving cross-country to get there.

Where can I find information on .gov websites concerning purchasing and registering a gun here in Washington state, as a military non-resident?
Where do I find information on laws governing transporting a long gun across state lines in a personal vehicle?
Do I have to register my weapon with the next state I am going to buy a home in?
Am I required to notify the Security detachment at my command that I own a firearm? Obviously I know better than to ever bring it on base..

I'll take any advice you have.

-Fitz USN
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Old 03-20-2017, 05:17 AM   #2
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First off thank you for your service. Here is a good web site that you can get to the laws of each state thru:
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Old 03-20-2017, 06:45 AM   #3
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My firs question, do you live on base? There are many places to go to get info but you should have no problem traveling unless you plan on carrying one. Washington is fairly lenient for purchase and carry.If you get your CPL you will save the waiting period at time of purchase.You didn't say where you live but CPL waits vary from county to county, usually 30 days though, just fill out the form at your local sheriff or police station No special class needed. To purchase a gun, go to your local dealer and fill out questionnaire and go through the instant check. Seattle adds a $25 tax per gun and $.02 per round of ammo! Stay out of there!!
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:34 PM   #4
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Welcome, and thank you for your service.
Good advice from both Terry and 44s. Check the states that you will be traveling through for the transportation requirements. Requirements for handguns and long guns can be different.
Also many states do not require registration. The ones that come to mind that have the most restrictions on all firearms are; New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, and California. Those are just the ones I am sure of. There are others that could make travel a challenge if you don't either comply with the law or just avoid driving through them.
I use an App that has been very good. It is oddly enough titled CCW just google cow app and it will be near the top of the page. CCW - Concealed Carry 50 State. It doesn't just cover conceal carry it also has the transportation laws for each state.
It updates each time a state changes it's laws.
And it is available for Android and Apple.
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