(This section was last updated September 20, 2010.)

The District of Columbia generally prohibits the possession or carrying outside any building of an air rifle, air gun, air pistol, B-B gun or any similar type gun.1 A person may use an air rifle, air gun, air pistol or B-B gun if such use is supervised by a person age 18 or older, for:

  • A theatrical performance or athletic contest;
  • Use at a licensed shooting gallery; or
  • Use at other locations where the use of such guns is authorized by the Chief of Police.2

Persons age 18 or older may transport an air rifle, air gun, air pistol or B-B gun within the District if unloaded and securely wrapped.3

The District also prohibits the sale or other transfer to any person under age 18 of an air rifle, air gun, air pistol, B-B gun or a similar type of gun, or ammunition for such weapons.4 These transfers are lawful if supervised by a person age 18 or older for:

  • A theatrical performance or athletic contest;
  • Use at a licensed shooting gallery; or
  • Transfer at other locations where the use of the item is authorized by the Chief.5

See our Non-Powder Guns policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Notes
  1. D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 24, § 2301.3. ⤴︎
  2. D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 24, § 2301.5. ⤴︎
  3. D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 24, § 2301.4. ⤴︎
  4. D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 24, § 2302.1. ⤴︎
  5. D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 24, § 2302.3. ⤴︎