District of Columbia Gun Control Laws
As most people know, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution preserves an individual's right to possess firearms:
"A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."
However, the District of Columbia's gun control laws are among the most restrictive in the country, requiring all firearms to be registered with the D.C Metropolitan Police Department without exception.
Does D.C. Issue Concealed Carry Permits?
No, the District currently does not allow persons to carry concealed weapons at this time.
What Are the Laws Regarding Open Carry in D.C.?
Open carry is prohibited In Washington D.C.
There is a 10-day waiting period to purchase firearms that begins on the date of purchase.
The main provisions of D.C.'s gun control laws are listed in the table below. See Gun Laws in FindLaw's Product Liability section to learn more.
|Code Section||§22-4501, §4503, §4507, §4514|
|Waiting Period||10 days from date of purchase|
|Laws prohibiting firearms on or near school grounds||Felony. §22-4502.01|
|Who May Not Own||
Or within the last five (5) years have been:
|Minimum age to Purchase a firearm||21-years-old|
Note: D.C. law for handguns and other guns vary considerably, so what may be legal for a rifle may not be for a handgun and vice versa. In light of all these qualifications, you should contact a D.C. criminal defense attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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