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For sound public safety purposes, the District of Columbia has established a strong, yet non-binding, policy that each firearm registrant should keep any firearm in his or her possession unloaded and either disassembled or secured by a trigger lock, gun safe, locked box, or other secure device.1

The District does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm, although federal law applies.

 See our Safe Storage policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue. 

  1. D.C. Code Ann. § 7-2507.02(a).[]