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District of Columbia Concealed Carry Laws

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District of Columbia Gun Laws

  Open Carry: No open carry permitted
  Duty to Notify Law Enforcement: Only when asked by the officer
  State Parks: There are no state parks in DC
  Restaurants Serving Alcohol: No specific restriction
  Firearms at Colleges: Prohibited by law even in a vehicle.
  Firearms at K-12 Schools: Prohibited by law even in a vehicle.
  Magazine Capacity Limitations: Magazines with capacity greater than 10 are not lawful
  Suppressor Ownership: Unlawful
  Vehicle Possession by Non-Permitees: Firearms must be unloaded, cased and locked in the trunk.
  Firearm Law Uniformity: Uniform throughout
  Permit Training Requirements: Must take a class from an instructor certified by the Chief
  Permit Issuing Authority: Metropolitan Police
  May/Shall Issue: Shall Issue
  State Website: link
  Length of Permit Validity: 2 Years
  Permit Application Process: Submit the application to the Metro PD. Review documentation and online instructions prior.
  Non-Resident Permits: Non-residents may apply
  Places Off Limits: (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;
(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
(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.
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(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.
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