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Overview for District of Columbia

D.C. has the most extensive and most restrictive gun laws in the United States.

A background check is required, which includes fingerprinting. The cost of the firearms registration permit is between 60 and 48 dollars, depending on the gun you’re planning to get. The costs include the application fee, ballistics test, fingerprinting, and a background check. The process to get a gun is so complex the police have a webpage explaining the registration process. More information on registering in the District of Columbia can be found here.

No permits or licenses from other states are honored in D.C., so people moving from other states must apply for District of Columbia permits and licenses. Vermont, Arizona, and Alaska allow D.C. residents with gun permits to carry concealed handguns in their states.

D.C. has many places that are considered gun free zones these include universities, playgrounds, and schools, along with other public areas. There is also a 10 day waiting period from the purchase of a gun to obtaining it.

No permits or licenses from other states are honored in D.C., so people moving from other states must apply for District of Columbia permits and licenses. Vermont, Arizona, and Alaska allow D.C. residents with gun permits to carry concealed handguns in their states.

D.C. has many places that are considered gun free zones these include universities, playgrounds, and schools, along with other public areas. There is also a 10 day waiting period from the purchase of a gun to obtaining it.


Permit to PurchaseDetails
Open CarryDetails
Concealed CarryDetails
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsDetails
Firearm RegistrationDetails
Owner LicenseDetails
Law Long-guns Handguns
Permit to PurchaseYesYes
Open CarryNoNo
Concealed CarryNoNo
State Preemption of Local RestrictionsYesYes
Firearm RegistrationYesYes
Owner LicenseYesYes

The Concealed Carry Permit

(often encompasses the open carry permit)

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" target="_blank">Offical Concealed Carry page for District of Columbia.


District of Columbia honors the permits of

The District of Columbia does not honor any other state's permits.

District of Columbia's permits are honored by

No state honors District of Columbia's permits.


District of Columbia FAQ


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