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Washington does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm, although federal law applies, and beginning July 1, 2019 dealers must offer to sell or provide a lock with every firearm sale or transfer and to post a warning that criminal liability may result from storing a firearm unlocked.1 No state statutes require firearm owners to affirmatively lock their weapons.

State administrative regulations may impose locking device or other safe storage requirements.

 See our Safe Storage policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. Washington initiative measure 1639.[]