The Washington DC metro area is a very interesting place. In such a short distance you have such a wide array of policy beliefs.
Today, I want to talk about how the DC area treats firearm ownership and safety.
Washington DC Gun Laws
Ironically enough, Washington DC, being the capital of the United States and home to the U.S. Constitution, is one of the least friendly gun cities in the entire country. They have assault weapon bans, bans on magazine capacity, do not allow open carry, and require a permit just to buy a gun in the district, whether it be a long gun or a hand gun.
It wasn’t until a recent Supreme Court decision that they were finally forced to allow people to own handguns in their house for self-protection against intruders. That’s right, up until a few years ago, you could not even own a handgun in your house on any condition.
It wouldn’t matter whether or not you locked your gun up in the biggest and strongest, most secure hidden gun safe known to man, you couldn’t own one period. This of course was a long-standing issue with many second amendment advocates on both sides of the political aisle.
Maryland Gun Laws
Across the DC border to the north you have Maryland. Maryland is one of the worse states in the union for gun laws, but they are much better with their gun laws than DC. In Maryland you still need a permit to buy a handgun, but not for a long gun. They also have assault weapon bans and megacity capacity limitations, just like DC. They do, however, allow open carry of firearms.
Virginia Gun Laws
The best state for gun ownership in the DC area is, unsurprisingly, the commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia is a very pro second amendment state. They do not require a permit for the purchase of long guns or handguns. They do not have assault weapons bans or magazine capacity limitation bans. They allow the open carry of firearms.
This shouldn’t be a very surprising revelation to anyone familiar with the DC metro area, but to those from the outside looking in it might be new information. Many people take these facts into account when choosing where to live out of the three locations. If you like to feel protected in your home and choose to have a large gun safe to hold your guns, your best bet if probably going to be the commonwealth of Virginia. They are the most friendly to firearm owners.
Maryland and Washington DC are downright hostile to them.
The National Rifle Association’s headquarters is in Virginia, which I’m sure if part of the reason why the state is so gun friendly. It would be a tragic loss for the organization to have their own home state enacting the kind of laws that they diametrically oppose.
So, if you’re looking to move into the Washington DC area, be sure you know what you’re getting into. Be sure not to bring your guns into an area that might get you in trouble. Don’t go spending all of your money on a custom set of 1911 grips just to find out that you can’t own the gun in your state. And even if you move to Virginia, check the local gun laws, and always be sure to lock them in a secure gun safe to ensure the safety of you and your family.