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What is Unregistered Firearm in DC?

What is unregistered firearm in DCWhat is unregistered firearm in the District of Columbia?  Unregistered Firearm is a misdemeanor offense in Washington, DC codified at DC Code § 7–2502.01.  Unregistered firearm makes it illegal to possess or control any firearm unless the person holds a valid certificate for the firearm.  

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

The Metropolitan Police Department issues the certificate for Firearm registration.  

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

Yes, any any nonresident of the District participating in any lawful recreational firearm-related activity in the District, or on his way to or from such activity in another jurisdiction provided the person has proof of the activity.   It also includes 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.
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.