District of Columbia Law Summary

Posted on January 2, 2012

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The District of Columbia (“District”) has enacted some of the strongest gun violence prevention legislation in the nation. Among other things, District law:

In 2009, 111 people died from firearm-related injuries in the District of Columbia. That year, the District of Columbia supplied a lower number of crime guns to other states per capita than any state, and was a significant importer of crime guns — guns originally purchased in another state that were recovered after being used in a crime in the District.

District of Columbia Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in the District of Columbia, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in the District.