The District of Columbia does not have a specific licensing requirement, but the District’s registration system serves the same purpose by limiting who can purchase or own firearms, requiring a background check, and requiring that gun owners meet the standards set by the Chief of Police regarding responsible firearm use and knowledge of District gun laws.1 See the District of Columbia Registration, Background Checks and Prohibited Purchasers Generally sections for further information.

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  1. D.C. Code Ann. §§ 7-2502.01, 7-2502.03, 7-2502.06(a). ⤴︎