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

In 2017, 100 people died from firearm-related injuries in the District of Columbia. In 2017, the rate of crime gun exports from the District was less than half the national rate of crime gun exports. However, the District of Columbia 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. The District imported crime guns at more than 44 times the rate at which it exported crime guns in 2017.

DC 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.