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The District of Columbia has stringent laws when it comes to gun control. Unfortunately, due to the complexity of these laws, it is easy to run afoul of them.
It is legal for you to own a registered firearm in DC at the baseline. Without an additional license to carry, however, you need to follow strict guidelines while transporting that firearm in the district:
A 1st-time conviction for possession of an unregistered firearm in DC is a misdemeanor offense carrying a penalty of 1 year of jail time and a fine of up to $2,500.
A 2nd or subsequent conviction for possession of an unregistered firearm is a felony offense carrying a penalty of 5 years in prison and a fine of $12,500.
It is also unlawful to possess ammunition without a registered firearm. Possession of a gun without registration is a misdemeanor offense carrying a penalty of 1 year of jail time and a fine of up to $2,500. Note that this offense is separate from the violation of possession of an unregistered firearm, so if you are caught with a loaded, unregistered firearm, the police officer can charge you for both the gun and the ammunition. Contact Ervin Kibria PLLC to speak to a DC Gun Lawyer.
Per DC Code §22–4503, there are certain circumstances under which you are not allowed to own a gun in DC at all. These circumstances include:
The last item on the list is quite essential, as an intrafamily offense can be a misdemeanor offense under DC law—such as a domestic assault that did not result in any physical injury—but will still prevent you from owning a firearm in DC.
Suppose you violate the unlawful possession of a firearm law because you are a felon (reason one on the list above). In that case, the penalty is a minimum sentence of 1 year and a maximum sentence of 10 years, plus a fine of $25,000. If you have a prior conviction for a crime of violence (defined by DC Code §23-1331(4)), the penalty goes up, resulting in a minimum sentence of 3 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, plus a fine of up to $37,500.
Suppose you violate the unlawful possession of a firearm law for the other listed reasons (reasons 2-5 on the list above). In that case, the penalty is a minimum sentence of 2 years and a maximum sentence of 10 years, plus a fine of $25,000.
As the name would suggest, concealed carry is the practice of carrying a concealed weapon on one person. In line with its harsh stance on gun control, the DC laws on concealed carry are stringent, making it easy to get in trouble on this issue in the District of Columbia.
One mistake people often make is that as long as they have a license for concealed carry from their home state, they will be fine bringing their gun into DC. This assumption is flawed. DC does not honor concealed carry licenses issued by any other state.
That means if you have a license for concealed carry from another state, you are still required to apply for and receive a concealed carry license from the DC Chief of Police before you are legally allowed to carry a gun upon your person.
Many restrictions are placed upon a concealed carry license in DC. One essential requirement is always having the permit to carry and the registration information for the firearm you are taking. Another is that you cannot carry more ammunition than required to load the gun twice and no more than 20 rounds under any circumstances.
Additionally, you cannot carry a firearm while consuming alcohol or impaired. There are also places where and circumstances under which you are not allowed to carry a concealed firearm even if you do have a concealed carry license:
The penalty for violation of any license requirements to carry includes up to 180 days of jail time and $1,000 in fines. You may also have your license to carry revoked. Call DC Gun Lawyer Ervin Kibria Law.
As you can see, DC’s gun and firearms registration control laws are both strict and complex and require a rigorous background check. Therefore, if you face charges related to gun possession in Washington, DC, do not hesitate to call the expert, experienced, and aggressive DC Gun Lawyer at Ervin Kibria Law today for a free consultation. Our accomplished and experienced DC Gun Lawyer will help you work through your options and zealously advocate for the best outcome for your case.