Other than the Extreme Risk Protection Order, the District of Columbia has no other laws 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
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- D.C. Code Ann. § 22-4517(b), (c).
- D.C. Code Ann. § 22-4517(a).
- D.C. Code Ann. § 22-4517(b).