DC ammunition laws are strict and carry significant criminal penalties if you do not have a license to carry. This charge is generally connected to a firearm violation where the firearm is found with ammunition in it. Even if you find or are carrying one bullet it could still be a violation of DC Laws. Ammunition possession in DC is illegal unless you meet one of the exceptions:
That is still a violation of ammunition laws in the District of Columbia as you must have a valid license in DC for a firearm.
The DC Code defines Ammunition as cartridge cases shells or projectiles. The shells or casing have propellant powder, materials designed, or intended for use in a firearm or destructive device.
Some people are also charged with another ammunition violation called Large Capacity ammunition violation. Its exactly as it sounds – it’s a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or device that has a capacity of, or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
The maximum penalty for possession of ammunition a fine of up to $1,000 or be imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
Possession of ammunition is a misdemeanor unless the ammunition is intentionally sold or transferred to a person under 18 years of age. If you sell or distribute to person under 18 you could be sentenced up to a $ 25,000 fine or imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both. It is also a felony if this is a subsequent offense – which carries up to $2500 or 5 years in prison.
A Restricted pistol bullet is a bullet that may be used in a pistol and which is built without the presence of traces of one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron, brass, bronze, beryllium copper, or depleted uranium. It is also a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended for use in a pistol whose jacket has a weight of more than 25% of the total weight of the projectile. It also can ammunition for a .50 BMG rifle.
Yes, absolutely. You should hire an experienced DC Ammunition Lawyer to handle your matter. While these cases are usually misdemeanors the collateral consequences of a criminal record for ammunition possession can have dire consequences.