Code of the District of Columbia

Chapter 3C. Limitation on military weaponry.


§ 5–361.01. Limitations on military weaponry acquired by District law enforcement agencies.

*NOTE: This section was created by temporary legislation that will expire on July 16, 2021.*

(a) Beginning in Fiscal Year 2021, District law enforcement agencies shall not acquire the following property through any program operated by the federal government:

(1) Ammunition of .50 caliber or higher;

(2) Armed or armored aircraft or vehicles;

(3) Bayonets;

(4) Explosives or pyrotechnics, including grenades;

(5) Firearm mufflers or silencers;

(6) Firearms of .50 caliber or higher;

(7) Firearms, firearm accessories, or other objects, designed or capable of launching explosives or pyrotechnics, including grenade launchers; and

(8) Remotely piloted, powered aircraft without a crew aboard, including drones.

(b)(1) If a District law enforcement agency requests property through a program operated by the federal government, the District law enforcement agency shall publish notice of the request on a publicly accessible website within 14 days after the date of the request.

(2) If a District law enforcement agency acquires property through a program operated by the federal government, the District law enforcement agency shall publish notice of the acquisition on a publicly accessible website within 14 days after the date of the acquisition.

(c) District law enforcement agencies shall disgorge any property described in subsection (a) of this section that the agencies currently possess within 180 days after December 3, 2020.


(Dec. 3, 2020, D.C. Law 23-151, § 120, 67 DCR 9920.)

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) creation of this section, see § 120 of Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Second Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-151, Dec. 3, 2020, 67 DCR 9920).