In certain circumstances, Washington courts ordering domestic violence protection orders must also order the restrained person to surrender his or her firearms, other dangerous weapons, and concealed pistol licenses (CPL). RCW 9.41.800. There is a standard order that courts may use. The standard order requires the restrained person to immediately surrender the weapons and CPL, get a receipt for the items surrendered, complete a proof of surrender form, and file all of the documents within five days.
In one case, a wife questioned whether the husband had truly surrendered all of his firearms after being ordered to do so. After separating from her husband and moving to Washington, the wife sought a domestic violence protection order, alleging, in part, he had threatened to shoot her. The commissioner issued the order, but found a lack of personal jurisdiction over the husband prevented her from ordering a weapons surrender.
The wife moved for revision of the order. At the hearing, the husband said no firearms were in his possession because his relatives had them. He requested a continuance. The court granted the continuance, but entered a temporary order requiring him to turn over his weapons and any CPL. The husband subsequently filed a proof of surrender form with a receipt from the sheriff’s office showing he had surrendered three guns.