I’m hearing reports that Rep. Blake has a draft of a 2016 SBR bill to clarify the “manufacturing” status in WA, and a companion bill in the senate has backing as well. It’s still pending legal review, but I’ll post as soon as there’s any new information.
First-hand proof that Form 4s are being approved in WA!
Representative Brian Blake, one of the sponsors of the 2013-14 House Bill 1561 that allowed possession of SBRs in WA has been working to try to get the state Attorney General to clarify the state’s position on if filing ATF form 5320.1 (Application to Make and Register a Firearm) is permitted under the “acquire” language in RCW 9.41.190 (2), however since these questions have not been drafted yet & the 2015 legislative sessions are concluded, it is extremely unlikely that this issue will be clarified until the 2016 session.
Options still exist for those in WA who are willing to commit the time and money that plague the NFA game:
1. Purchase a complete SBR on a Form 4 from a dealer. Though, I have heard unconfirmed reports of SBR Form 4s being denied as well.
2. Complete the SBR in another state and relocate it to WA with a completed ATF Form 5320.20. This will require either a residence in another state, or that a trustee in one of those states completes the paperwork. I’d also strongly recommend a trust created in that state, and avoid any WA state specific confusion.
3. Contact one of the local dealers who is willing to take customer parts, file the ATF Form 2 to assemble it, and then wait on a completed Form 4 to return it to you. This may be the easiest option, but will incur additional cost. So far I’ve heard that Rainier Arms, Aero Precision, Pantel Tactical, and possibly MKX, LLC will be providing this service in some form or another.
Another round of SBR Form 1 rejections came down this week from BATFE.
On the plus side, Form 1s, 3s, and 4s for Suppressors seem to be coming through normally, with a few independent reports that all WA state NFA forms were previously on hold pending an update from the state attorney general, but that hold has allegedly been lifted.
Updates have been slower since it’s summer, it’ll pick up after the July/August camping trips are all done.
Just today there have been a number of both e-filed and paper Form 1s for manufacturing an SBR rejected in WA citing “RCW 9.91.190(2)” which is not even a valid RCW.
RCW 9.41.190(2) states the following:
Just got this e-mail back from Silencerco, in case anyone is interested:
From: Chris Wilkening
The calibers listed for the Saker 762 are “5.7mm to .300 RUM”, would this include .300 Weatherby Magnum?
From: K.C. Hutchinson (Wed, May 13, 2015 at 8:37 AM)
To: Chris Wilkening
Cc: Silencerco Accessories and Merchandise <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thank you for contacting us. You will be fine shooting 300 Weatherby Mag through Saker 762 so long as your barrel is 20″ or longer. Please let me know if there is anything else we can help you with.
Have a great day,