See our Disarming Prohibited People policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

Other than the Extreme Risk Protection Order, the District of Columbia has no other laws specifically requiring the removal of firearms from persons who have become prohibited from possessing them.

A police officer, in the course of a lawful arrest or lawful search, who discovers a dangerous article he or she reasonably believes is a nuisance, must take possession of the article and surrender it to the property clerk of the Metropolitan Police Department.1 A “dangerous article” includes a handgun, machine gun and sawed-off shotgun.2 A dangerous article unlawfully owned, possessed, or carried is a nuisance.3

Notes
  1. D.C. Code Ann. § 22-4517(b), (c). ⤴︎
  2. D.C. Code Ann. § 22-4517(a). ⤴︎
  3. D.C. Code Ann. § 22-4517(b). ⤴︎