Criminal lawyer explains Carrying pistol without a license in the District of Columbia Good afternoon ladies and gentleman. My name is Mark Rollins. I am an attorney here in Washington, D.C., and also licensed in the state of Maryland. Today, we are going to be talking about carrying a pistol without a license in D.C. A lot of individuals from outside states, North Carolina, Virginia, or where you are easily to obtain a license for a weapon, and they come into D.C. The D.C. laws are very strict and different than your outside jurisdictions. If you are stopped in D.C., I am going to give you an overview of the carrying a pistol without a license law in D.C. Even though you are licensed in another jurisdiction, that has nothing to do with whether you are licensed here in D.C. Carrying a pistol without a license, you can have two separate charges, or should I say two different levels of the offence. You have a misdemeanor carrying a pistol without a license and you have a felony carrying a pistol without a license. For misdemeanor carrying a pistol without a license, all you have to have been doing is you had to have the pistol on you, you had the intent to have it on you, and you did not have a license approved by the Chief of Police of the District of Columbia. If you meet those three criteria and the weapon was on you, you had the intent to have it on you, and you were not licensed, you could be convicted of a misdemeanor of carrying a pistol without a license. That carries a one year and/or $1000 fine. The felony, the only two different additional elements for a felony is that you actually had the pistol on you, but you were outside your place of business or you were outside your home. Lastly, the second element, the additional elements for a felony, is that the weapon could actually project a bullet. For a felony, if you have those two additional elements, carry the pistol outside your home or business or the weapon could actually fire a bullet, then you could be convicted of a felony. Felony carries a five year and/or $5000 penalty. What you want to do if you are charged with carrying a pistol without a license is you want to contact an experienced criminal lawyer who practices in the District of Columbia and you want to contact them immediately. Feel free to call us, and we will be more than happy to discuss this with you in more detail. Thanks for watching and thanks for subscribing to our channel. Bye.