District’s prohibitions on weapons are some of the most stringent in the country. Under District law, no person is permitted to carry a pistol, shotgun, or any deadly or dangerous weapon, either openly or concealed, on or about their person. There are exceptions for law enforcement officers, certain military personnel, and other registered individuals lawfully transporting firearms (DC Code Sec. 22-4504, Sec. 22–4505).
Exceptions. An individual holding a valid registration for a firearm may carry the firearm within his or her home; while it is being used for lawful recreational purposes; while it is kept at his or her place of business; or while it is being transported for a lawful purpose (DC Code Sec. 22-4504.01). A "lawful purpose" for transporting a firearm includes an individual transporting the firearm from the place of purchase to the individual’s home or place of business or to a place of repair or back to his or her home or place of business or in moving goods from one place of abode or business to another, or to or from any lawful recreational firearm-related activity (DC Code Sec. 22-4505).
Transportation of a firearm. If the individual is transporting the firearm in a vehicle, the firearm must be unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported may be readily accessible or directly accessible from the passenger compartment of the transporting vehicle. If the transporting vehicle does not have a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment, the firearm or ammunition must be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console, and the firearm must be unloaded. If the transportation of the firearm is in a manner other than in a ...