Navigating D.C. Gun Laws
The district issues its first gun permits, but the process is under fireBy Pam George | Last updated on January 12, 2023
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Looser Gun Laws
- The Metropolitan Police Department’s website includes registration procedures as well as a link to the online Firearms Safety Training Course and to lists of acceptable registered firearms.
- Gun owners and prospective owners are photographed and fingerprinted, and background checks are required.
- A new handgun bought outside the district must be transferred through a Federal Firearms Licensee, and there’s a fee.
- A district resident with an existing gun must bring the unloaded firearm to the police department for registration. Don’t bring ammunition, call ahead and go directly to the registration site and home. Advance notice and a direct route are potential safeguards in case you’re pulled over and a law enforcement officer sees the unregistered gun.
- Nonresidents with permits in their home states must apply for D.C. permits, even if only passing through.
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