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Firearm and Weapon Offenses

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With more than four decades of cumulative criminal law experience, Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. have aggressively fought weapon charges in the state of Washington. Our legal team will protect your right to carry a weapon and we will learn the truths behind the accusations against you. We strongly pursue the best possible solution for our clients and keep their best interests at heart.

If you have been arrested or charged for carrying a gun, knife or switchblade it is imperative that you contact an attorney to provide solid defense on your behalf. If you are convicted, you may face jail time, fines and maybe even a lifelong prohibition of carrying a weapon. At our firm, we believe there is not greater obligation that to defend your constitutional right and The Bill of Rights guarantees our right to bear arms.

Firearm Charges Our Firm Can Fight

  • Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit
  • Carrying an illegal firearm
  • Utilizing a weapon in an assault
  • Misfiring a weapon
  • Threatening someone with a weapon
  • Carrying a firearm into a public establishment

If you are facing criminal charges, contact us today to discuss your case!

Is it Legal to Possess a Gun in Washington State?

Washington code section 9.41 of the RCW lists out the illegal, threatening firearms that are not permitted, and the penalties that are attached to them. There are certain weapons that are completely illegal in the state Washington including:

  • Machine guns
  • Short-barreled rifles
  • Short-barreled shotguns

What Are The Penalties for Unlawful Possession in Washington State?

The Possession of unlawful firearms may result in a Class C felony. There are also "dangerous weapons" recognized by the state such as slungshots, firearm silencers, and switchblades. Any possession, distribution or manufacturing of these weapons is seen as a gross misdemeanor and is punishable for 90-365 days in jail and fines that can reach up to $5,000.

Are Brass Knuckles Illegal in Washington?

In Washington, it is illegal for any person to possess, distribute or manufacture brass knuckles. Any violation of this law can be charged as a gross misdemeanor and could result in:

  • Up to 1-year of jail time
  • Up to $5,000 in fines

Even with a concealed weapons permit, you are still not allowed to carry brass knuckles in Washington.

Can You Carry Brass Knuckles With A Concealed Weapons Permit?

Even with a concealed weapons permit, each state has their own laws when it comes to carrying brass knuckles. A factor that comes into play in each state when you are carrying them is what your intentions are for use.

Are Switchblades Illegal in Washington?

Switchblades are illegal in Washington. It is also illegal to own any kind of spring blade knife in Washington or possess any kind of knife or dangerous weapon on school grounds.

Can a Convicted Felon Own a Gun in Washington State?

If you have been convicted of certain criminal offenses in the past you may not be permitted to ever possess a weapon. Unlawful possession of a firearm, loaded or not, could lead to an additional class B felony. Depending on your record and criminal history, a serious a class III felony could have a potential sentence of 1-43 months in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. Unless you are licensed to carry a concealed weapon, it is otherwise illegal and people will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Start Your Defense Today

We understand that facing weapon charges can be a difficult and stressful time for you and your family and you may not know who to turn to. At Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. we will calculate your next move for you and we are always a couple steps ahead in the legal proceedings. Our superior quality of service will speak for itself because we give clients the time, effort and attention needed to resolve their criminal matter quickly and successfully.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a weapon offense, we encourage you to contact one of our distinguished attorneys to begin building your defense today.



The attorneys at Ramirez & Cooper, Inc. have a thorough understanding of the legal proceedings and criminal statutes. We are able to give our clients the resources, advocacy and legal advice they need to be successful inside and outside the courtroom. Our legal team will stand by your side every step of the way and always keep you updated on the status of your case. We handle criminal cases throughout Washington state. Let us build a case strategy for you or your loved one, we may be able to take action before charges are even filed.

  • Over 30 Years’ of Combined Legal Experience
  • Former Prosecution Experience*
  • Thousands of Criminal Cases Handled
  • Over 1,000 DUI Cases Handled
  • Hundreds of Cases Tried to Verdict or Judgment
  • Appeared Before the Supreme Court
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