Washington, D.C. Gun Laws 2023

If you’re looking to obtain a legal firearm in Washington DC, here are some facts about Washington DC gun laws.


District of Columbia is a shall-issue state. Concealed carry is legal in DC with a Concealed Carry Pistol License (CCPL) and licenses are available to residents at least 21 years old. Concealed carry permits are issued by D.C. Metropolitan Police.

Is There a Waiting Period to Buy a Firearm in Washington, D.C.?

No, there is not a waiting period to buy a firearm in Washington, D.C., however, you do need a permit to purchase a firearm.

Is A Permit Required To Purchase A Handgun In Washington, D.C.?

Yes, in Washington, D.C. a permit is required to purchase handguns and long guns.

Do You Need To Register Handguns in Washington DC?

Yes, handguns, rifles and shotguns need to be registered in Washington DC.

Who Is Eligible To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Carry Pistol License (CCPL) in Washington DC?

Any Washington DC resident who is at least 21 years of age can apply for a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Carry Pistol License (CCPL).

Is Firearms Training A Requirement in Washington DC For a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Carry Pistol License (CCPL)?

Yes, in Washington, D.C. a firearms training course is required for a for a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Carry Pistol License (CCPL).

What Are The Requirements To Obtain a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Carry Pistol License (CCPL) in Washington DC?

Guidelines to obtain a Washington, D.C. Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Carry Pistol License (CCPL):

  • Washington, D.C. resident, 21 years of age
  • Complete a firearms safety course
  • Possess a registered handgun
  • Must meet federal law requirements

What Are The Steps To Obtain A Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Carry Pistol License (CCPL) in Washington, D.C.?

In Washington, D.C. you need to apply for a Concealed Carry Permit or Concealed Carry Pistol License (CCPL) by downloading and completing an application and instructions on the DC Metropolitan Police Department website: mpdc.dc.gov. You will be fingerprinted and photographed. You will be notified in 90 days if your application has been approved.

Step 1: Complete a firearms training course

Step 2: Download an application and instructions and fill out the application

Step 3: Obtain the documents indicated in the instructions and bring them to:

Firearms Registration Section

300 Indiana Avenue, NW

Room 3058

Washington, D.C. 20001

How Much Does A Washington, D.C. Concealed Carry Permit Cost?

The fee for a Washington, D.C. Concealed Handgun Permit or Concealed Carry Pistol License (CCPL) is $75.

Does Washington, D.C. Recognize Concealed Carry Pistol Permits From Other States?

No, Washington, D.C. does not honor concealed carry permits issued by other states.

Is Open Carry Legal In Washington, D.C.?

No, open carry is illegal in Washington, D.C..

Is Washington, D.C. Stand Your Ground Jurisdiction?

No, Washington, D.C. is not a Stand Your Ground jurisdiction. There is no duty to retreat before defending yourself.

Are AR-Style and Other Semi-Auto Rifles Legal in Washington D.C.?

Yes, magazine-fed semi-auto rifles are legal in Washington, D.C.

Are Standard-Capacity Magazines Allowed in Washington D.C.?

No, in Washington, D.C., magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds are banned.

Are There Ammunition Restrictions in Washington, D.C.?

Yes, a person must have a registration certificate for a firearm in order to possess ammunition.

Does Washington, D.C. Have Gun Storage Laws?

Yes, the Washington, D.C. gun storage law requires firearms be unloaded and either disassembled or secured by a trigger lock, gun safe, locked box, or other secure device.

Does Washington, D.C. Have a Red Flag Law?

Yes, Washington, D.C.has a Red Flag law. Family members, cohabitants, mental health professionals and law enforcement are allowed to petition for an order to surrender to law enforcement authorities any firearms, ammunition, registration certificates, licenses to carry a concealed pistol, or dealer’s licenses in the respondent’s possession. The respondent is prohibited from purchasing or possessing any firearm or ammunition for the duration of the interim and or final extreme risk protection order.

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Robert Sadowski
Having been trained by many top-shelf handgun, shotgun, AR carbine, and long-range shooting instructors, Robert Sadowski brings a user's perspective to Gun Tests. He has authored and edited 15 books on firearm values, firearm disassembly and assembly, and gun guides. His Book Of Glock (Skyhorse Publishing) debuted as an Amazon #1 New Release and is a must-read for the Glock enthusiast. His latest book, 9MM - Guide to America's Most Popular Caliber (Gun Digest Books), is an indispensable resource on the 9mm and understanding the cartridge's performance for concealed carry, home defense, or competition. Over the past two decades, Sadowski has written for many magazines and websites, including tacticallife.com, range365.com, shootingillustrated.com, personaldefenseworld.com and more. His print work has appeared in Combat Handguns, Ballistic, Real World Survivor, Guns Digest, Guns of the Old West, SHOT Business, and more. He is currently the Treasurer/Secretary of the Glock Collectors Association. After receiving an MA from New York University, he worked for a number of magazine publishers and advertising agencies. Sadowski is a lifelong hunter, competitive shooter, and native of Connecticut. He now lives in North Carolina to take full advantage of our 2nd Amendment privilege.


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