Thank you for choosing Just Answer. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will assist you today.
There are 2 applicable reasons that might impact your ability to own a gun.
1) A mandatory consequence resulting from a Domestic Violence conviction in Washington state is the loss of your right to possess a firearm. The prohibition against possession of firearms has no expiration date and is permanent a Court reinstates you right to ownership. since you have not been convicted this prob ably does not apply yet.
2) In Washington no person may own, possess, or have in his or her control any firearm, if that person has been involuntarily committed for mental health treatment, and their right to own a firearm has not been restored.
I am guessing that based on the second reason you access to guns has been taken away. You will need to ask a Judge to restore you rights to own a firearm.
Please accept my answer with a rating of 3 or better so I may get credit for my response. If you have follow up questions please ask. Please note that paying the deposit does not cause funds to be disbursed until you rate my response (3 or greater).
The doctor diagnosis was " Depression " not that I wasn't in my right state of mind. So a person that is depressed can't own a gun ?.
The issue is not whether you are depressed the issue is that you were sent to a hospital for observation, diagnosis and treatment. When you guns were taken the police did not know the diagnosis. You now have to petition the Court indicating what you diagnosis is, the treatment, and ask the judge for your right to own a gun.
Depressed people commit suicide,and shoot others. You need to convince the Court your condition is not serious enough to warrant prohibition ownership of a gun. Many States are enacting laws to protect the public after school shootings in multiple states, and the shooting of a Congresswoman in Arizona by an individual on medication for depression.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).