When does D.C.'s "good reason" requirement no longer apply to people seeking a concealed carry permit?
As soon as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issues a formal order enforcing its ruling, the requirement disappears. That could happen as soon as Friday or in the next few days.
Where do I apply for a permit and what does it cost?
At D.C. police headquarters in the Firearms Registration Section, 300 Indiana Ave. NW, Room 3058. The application fee is $75, plus another $35 if your fingerprints are not already on file.
What do I need to do and show to get one?
D.C. requires permit holders to complete at least 16 hours of firearms safety training and at least two hours of range training. There is an extensive criminal background check, applicants are photographed and must submit fingerprints at the police department among other requirements.
How long does it take to process a permit and get it to me?
The police department website says applications will typically be approved or denied within 90 days, but it can take longer if a more extensive investigation is needed.
If I have a concealed-carry permit from another jurisdiction, does it transfer?
No. Even if you have a permit from another state, you still have to submit a new application to possess a gun in the District and to carry in public.
If I get the permit, can I carry a concealed weapon anywhere in public in D. C.?
No. There is a long list of locations where people are prohibited from carrying guns, including on public transportation, at Metro stations, on the Mall, in the area of the White House, the U.S. Capitol, at public and private schools, stadiums and in D.C. government buildings.
What about carrying on private property?
It is legal to carry on private commercial property, like restaurants and stores, unless the owners have posted signs prohibiting guns. In churches or private homes, however, carrying is illegal unless the institution or homeowner has given permission in advance of entry.
What if I applied under the old law and was rejected because I did not demonstrate a "good reason"?
You have to reapply, but you will not have to pay the $75 fee again.
What if I still have more questions?
For more answers, go to bit.ly/dc_pistol_license .