Apparently Washington State has a waiting period for people that want to purchase a handgun and don’t currently have a Washington Concealed Pistol License.
However, the waiting period doesn’t apply to rifles.
This is a perfect example of why “gun control” is usually the stupidest form of governmental regulation. Follow me on this one: I cannot go in to a local gun shop and buy a used Ruger Mk II pistol without waiting for the local police department to do a “background investigation” on me (even though all they do is run a NICS check and a local felony search, awesome) which usually takes 5 business days. However, it is perfectly legal for me to walk in to the same store and buy an AR15, a case of 5.56 NATO ammo, a bucket full of PMags and then waltz out with my new purchase after having the standard NICS check performed. So remember, underpowered and inefficient pistol = too dangerous to trust the NICS system. However, a rifle with 30 round magazines = totally okay.
People that understand shooting see why this is ludicrous; but it’s a perfect illustration of gun control in general. There is nothing about that particular gun law that would do anything to stop crime; the odds of BFE PD catching something on their check that wouldn’t turn up on NICS are astronomical; yet they insist on running it that way (which costs the taxpayers money, mind you) for everyone that doesn’t have a concealed carry permit.
Ah, gun control: what you do instead of something.