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What is Unregistered Firearm in DC?

What is unregistered firearm in DC

What is Unregistered Firearm in DC?

illegal possession of an unregistered firearm is a misdemeanor offense in Washington, DC codified at DC Code § 7–2502.01.  Unlawful possession firearm makes it illegal to possess or control any firearm unless the person holds a valid certificate for the firearm.   It can also be a federal law offense (violation of United States laws) if other factors are met for gun offenses. It is considered a possession of weapon offense and a violation of DC Gun laws. For example, a convicted felon can not possess a firearm. Furthermore, there are increased penalties if the convicted felons has a crime of violence or violent crimes on the background of the individual.

What is the Legal definition of Firearm in the District of Columbia?

The Definition is any weapon that will or is designed to expel a projectile by an explosion.

Who issues the Certificate of Registration for the Firearm in the District of Columbia?

The Metropolitan Police Department issues the certificate for Firearm registration. Failure to register your firearm can lead to a gun charge.  

If I have a license in another State do I still have to Register My firearm in DC if I move to DC?

Yes, DC has very strict laws regarding the registration of firearms. Even if you a licensed firearm in another State you must still register your firearm in the District of Columbia.

Are there any Exceptions for possession of a Firearm without registration in DC?

Yes if you are participating in a lawful firearm activity and passing through DC. However, you need proof of the activity. This also any person who temporarily possesses a firearm while participating in a firearms training and safety class conducted by a firearms instructor.

How do I transport the Firearm in the District of Columbia if passing through?

Transportation of the firearm by vehicle

  • the firearm shall be unloaded,
  • the firearm nor any ammunition being transported shall be readily accessible or directly accessible from the passenger compartment of the transporting vehicle.

Transportation of the firearm otherwise shall be:

  • Unloaded;
  • Inside a locked container; and
  • Separate from any ammunition.
  • The Firearm can not be readily accessible from the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

What are the Registration Requirements to Possess Firearm in the District of Columbia?

  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • Can not have been convicted of weapon offenses or a felony in any jurisdiction
  • Pass a law enforcement background
  • Not be under indictment for any crime that carries more than 1 year
  • Within the last five years, you can not have any of the following: (1) no narcotics violations; (2) no assaultive or threatening behavior; (3) no more than two DUI in any jurisdiction; (4) No intra-family offenses; (5) no illegal weapon possession or misdemeanor convictions involving firearm convictions; (6) no stalking or extreme risk protection orders; (7) not have been committed to a mental institution; and (8) no civil protection orders issued against you.

How do I get a Concealed Carry Permit in the District of Columbia?

Applying for a concealed carry permit is more difficult. Click here to see the application

Can I be Charged with other Crimes if I have an unregistered firearm in the District of Columbia?

Yes, you can be charged with Carrying a Pistol Without a License, Possession of an unregistered firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition. You absolutely can not possess a machine gun.

Can I keep the Firearm in my vehicle?

This is one of the common offenses for firearm violations in the District of Columbia. The person is pulled over by an officer and he tells the officer he has a firearm in the vehicle when asked. Now, if you are passing through DC and pulled over for a traffic violation – make sure you have proof that you were just passing through DC and not making any stops. Furthermore make sure that the firearm is Unloaded, Inside a locked container; and Separate from the ammunition

Can I fire my Firearm in the District of Columbia?

No firearm can be discharged in DC without a special written permit from the Chief of the Police.

What is the maximum penalty for Unregistered Firearm in DC?

The maximum penalty for unregistered firearm is one year and/or $2500.00 fine.  

Are there other charges associated with Unregistered Firearm?

Yes most people charged with unregistered firearm are also charged with possession of a firearm.  See our blog on Guns.