Carrying a Rifle or Shotgun

In order to secure a conviction for Carrying a Rifle or Shotgun as a misdemeanor in Washington, D.C., the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that: (1) the defendant carried a rifle or shotgun on or about his/her person, (2) the defendant did so voluntarily and on purpose, and not by mistake or accident; and (3) the defendant was not permitted by law to do so.

In order to prove this offense as a felony, the government must also prove that the defendant carried the rifle or shotgun in a place other than his/her home, place of business, or land/premises possessed and controlled by the defendant.

“Rifle” means a grooved bore firearm using a fixed metallic cartridge with a single projectile and designed or redesigned to be fired from the shoulder.  “Shotgun” means a smooth grooved bore firearm using a fixed shotgun shell with either a number of ball shot or a single projectile, and designed or redes