The District has no law 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

  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). ⤴︎