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District of Columbia Concealed Carry Laws

District of Columbia Gun Laws

  Open Carry: Prohibited everywhere in the District
  Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Required to notify immediately upon official contact
  State Parks: There are no state parks
  Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No person holding a license shall carry a pistol in any premise or portion thereof where alcohol is served or sold and consumed on the premises.
  Firearms at Colleges: Firearms prohibited
  Firearms at K-12 Schools: Firearms prohibited
  Magazine Capacity Limitations: Magazines limited to 10 rounds. Also note: A person issued a concealed carry license by the Chief, while carrying the pistol, shall not
carry more ammunition than is required to fully load the pistol twice, and in no event shall
that amount be greater than twenty (20) rounds of ammunition.
  Suppressor Ownership: ownership of any class III item (including suppressors) is unlawful
  Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees: firearms must be unloaded, cased, and locked in the trunck; vehicles without trunks may use locked containers
  Firearm Law Uniformity: Laws are uniform throughout
  Permit Training Requirements: Best to review these instructions from the Metro Police link
  Permit Issuing Authority: Washington DC Metropolitan Police
  May/Shall Issue: Shall Issue
  State Contact Info: Washington Metro Police
300 Indiana Ave. NW - 5th Fl
Washington D.C. 20001
202-727-9099
www.mpdc.dc.gov
  Length of Permit Validity:
  Permit Application Process: Best to review these instructions from the Metro Police link
  Non-Resident Permits: Non-residents may apply
  Places Off Limits: Title 7 Subtitle J Chpt. 25 § 7-2509.07. Prohibitions on carrying licensed pistols.
(a) No person holding a license shall carry a pistol in the following locations or under the following
circumstances:
(1) A building or office occupied by the District of Columbia, its agencies, or instrumentalities;
(2) The building and grounds, including any adjacent parking lot, of any childcare facility, preschool,
public or private elementary or secondary school; or a public or private college or university;
Note: see Section (d)(2) Below on dropping off Children.
(3) A hospital, or an office where medical or mental health services are the primary services provided;
(4) A penal institution, secure juvenile residential facility, or halfway house;
(5) A polling place while voting is occurring;
(6) A public transportation vehicle, including the Metrorail transit system and its stations;
(7) Any premises, or portion thereof, where alcohol is served, or sold and consumed on the premises,
pursuant to a license issued under Title 25 of the District of Columbia Official Code; provided, that
this prohibition shall not apply to premises operating under a temporary license issued pursuant to
D.C. Official Code § 25-115, a C/R, D/R, C/H, D/H or caterer license issued pursuant to D.C. Official
Code § 25-113, or premises with small-sample tasting permits issued pursuant to D.C. Official Code §
25-118, unless otherwise prohibited pursuant to subsection (b)(3) of this section;
(8) A stadium or arena;
(9) A gathering or special event open to the public; provided, that no licensee shall be criminally
prosecuted unless:

(A) The organizer or the District has provided notice prohibiting the carrying of pistols in advance of
the gathering or special event and by posted signage at the gathering or special event; or
(B) The licensee has been ordered by a law enforcement officer to leave the area of the gathering or
special event and the licensee has not complied with the order;
(10) The public memorials on the National Mall and along the Tidal Basin, and any area where firearms
are prohibited under federal law or by a federal agency or entity, including U.S. Capitol buildings
and grounds;
(11) The White House Complex and its grounds up to and including to the curb of the adjacent sidewalks
touching the roadways of the area bounded by Constitution Avenue, N.W., 15th Street, N.W., H
Street, N.W., and 17th Street, N.W.;
(12) The U.S. Naval Observatory and its fence line, including the area from the perimeter of its fence up
to and including to the curb of the adjacent sidewalks touching the roadway of Observatory Circle,
from Calvert Street, N.W., to Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., and around Observatory Circle to the far
corner of Observatory Lane;
(13)(A) When a dignitary or high-ranking official of the United States or a state, local, or foreign
government is moving under the protection of the MPD, the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Capitol
Police, or other law enforcement agency assisting or working in concert with MPD, within an area
designated by the Chief, the Chief of the U.S. Secret Service, or the Chief of the U.S. Capitol Police,
or a designee of any of the foregoing, that does not include any point at a distance greater than 1,000
feet from the moving dignitary or high-ranking official; provided, that no licensee shall be criminally
prosecuted unless:
(i) The law enforcement agency provides notice of the designated area by the presence of signs, law
enforcement vehicles or officers acting as a perimeter, or other means to make the designated area
of protection obvious;
(ii) The District or federal government has provided notice prohibiting the carrying of pistols along
a designated route or in a designated area in advance of the event, if possible, and by posted
signage along a route or in a designated area; or
(iii) The licensee has been ordered by a law enforcement officer to leave the designated area and the
licensee has not complied with the order.
(B) For the purposes of this paragraph, the term moving shall include any planned or unplanned stops,
including temporary stops, in locations open to the public.
(14) When demonstration in a public place is occurring, within an area designated by the Chief or his or her designee, or other law enforcement agency, that does not include any point at a distance greater
than 1,000 feet from the demonstration; provided, that no licensee shall be criminally prosecuted
unless:
(A) The law enforcement agency provides notice of the designated area by the presence of signs, law
enforcement vehicles or officers acting as a perimeter, or other means to make the designated area
of the demonstration obvious;
(B) The District or federal government has provided notice prohibiting the carrying of pistols along or
within a demonstration route or designated area in advance of the event, if possible, and by posted
signage along a demonstration route or designated area; or
(C) The licensee has been ordered by a law enforcement officer to leave the designated area and the
licensee has not complied with the order; or
(15) Any prohibited location or circumstance that the Chief determines by rule; provided, that for
spontaneous circumstances, no criminal penalty shall apply unless the licensee has notice of the
prohibition and has failed to comply.
(b)(1) The carrying of a concealed pistol on private residential property shall be presumed to be prohibited
unless otherwise authorized by the property owner or person in control of the premises and communicated
personally to the licensee in advance of entry onto the residential property.
(2) The carrying of a concealed pistol in a church, synagogue, mosque, or other place where people
regularly assemble for religious worship shall be presumed to be prohibited unless the property is
posted with conspicuous signage allowing the carrying of a concealed pistol, or the owner or
authorized agent communicates such allowance personally to the licensee in advance of entry onto the
property; provided, that such places may not authorize the carrying of a concealed pistol where
services are conducted in locations listed in subsection (a) of this section.
(3) The carrying of a concealed pistol on private property that is not a residence shall be presumed to be
permitted unless the property is posted with conspicuous signage prohibiting the carrying of a
concealed pistol, or the owner or authorized agent communicates such prohibition personally to the
licensee.

(d) A licensee shall not be in violation of this section:
(1) While he or she is traveling along a public sidewalk that touches the perimeter of any of the premises
where the carrying of a concealed pistol is prohibited under subsection (a) and subsection (b) of this
section, except for the areas designated in subsection (a)(11) and (a)(12), or along a public street,
roadway, or highway except for the areas designated in subsection (a)(11) and (a)(12), or along a
public street, roadway, or highway” in its place. if the concealed pistol is carried on his or her person
in accordance with this act, or is being transported by the licensee in accordance with section 4b of An
Act To control the possession, sale, transfer, and use of pistols and other dangerous weapons in the
District of Columbia, to provide penalties, to prescribe rules of evidence, and for other purposes,
effective May 20, 2009 ( D.C. Law 17-388; D.C. Official Code § 22-4504.02); or
(2) While driving a vehicle into and immediately parking at any location listed in subsection (a)(2) of this
section for the purpose of picking up or dropping off a student or a child; provided, that the licensee
shall secure the concealed pistol in accordance with § 22-4504.02(b), before leaving the parked vehicle.
  Resident Permit Reciprocity:
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