Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines in the District of Columbia

Posted on January 2, 2012

The District of Columbia prohibits the possession, sale or other transfer of any large capacity ammunition feeding device, regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm.1 “Large capacity ammunition feeding device” is defined as a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.2

Except in certain narrow circumstances, the District’s Metropolitan Police Department is prohibited from transferring any ammunition feeding device in its possession to any person or entity other than a law enforcement officer or governmental agency for law enforcement purposes.3

See our Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. D.C. Code Ann. § 7-2506.01(b). []
  2. Id. The term “large capacity ammunition feeding device” does not include an attached tubular device designed to accept, and capable of operating only with, .22 caliber rimfire ammunition. []
  3. D.C. Code Ann. § 5-133.16. []