DC Police put armed protest organizers on notice

goddamnedfrank5/09/2013 3:18:13 pm PDT

re: #7 Political Atheist

If there is no legal way to have a loaded gun in public (as in maybe a locked case?) then the police man Chief(!) picked a very strange turn of phrase.

Here’s the relevant section of DC law:

22-4504.02. Lawful transportation of firearms.

(a) Any person who is not otherwise prohibited by the law from transporting, shipping, or receiving a firearm shall be permitted to transport a firearm for any lawful purpose from any place where he may lawfully possess and carry the firearm [see 22-4504.01, above] to any other place where he may lawfully possess and carry the firearm if the firearm is transported in accordance with this section.

(b) (1) If the transportation of the firearm is by a vehicle, the firearm shall be unloaded, and neither the firearm nor any ammunition being transported shall be readily accessible or directly accessible from the passenger compartment of the transporting vehicle.

(2) If the transporting vehicle does not have a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment, the firearm or ammunition shall be contained in a locked container other than the glove compartment or console, and the firearm shall be unloaded.

(c) If the transportation of the firearm is in a manner other than in a vehicle, the firearm shall be:

(1) Unloaded;
(2) Inside a locked container; and
(3) Separate from any ammunition.

So, unless you’re a cop there’s no way to legally carry a loaded weapon into DC, either in a vehicle on your person - not even if it’s kept in a padlocked hardcase nested inside two more nested padlocked hardcases. Yes, strictly speaking the Chief spoke incorrectly, but his intent was obviously to address the specific situation he was being presented with, and he wanted to make clear that there was no way to openly carry a gun, and no way at all to carry one that’s loaded.