District of Columbia

Banned Weapons: New acquisition of handguns and any semi-automatic firearm capable of using a detachable ammunition magazine of more than 12 pounds capacity.

Background Checks: FBI computerized instant background check for all firearms.

Permit Exceptions: Purchase certificate holders whose certificates were issued prior to November 30, 1998, will be exempt from the background check for the duration of the permit, with the exemption not to exceed 5 years from the date of issuance.

State Waiting Period: None