If a Washington resident is convicted of a felony, they may lose their right to own a firearm in the future. However, there are ways to get certain felony charges expunged. As a general rule, it may be easier to get a charge expunged if it is a state as opposed to a federal charge.
In Washington, some people make mistakes when they are young but go on to lead productive and trouble-free lives. A continuing problem for people who have convictions on their records is that those convictions can continue to haunt them long after their sentences are completed.
The criminal justice system has two purposes: to punish the offender, and to rehabilitate him or her to prevent him or her from breaking the law in the future. Which of these is more important depends on who you ask.