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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2020 ‘Universal Background Checks in Washington DC.’ Background Checks. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 5 December

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Private Sales in the District of Columbia

Private sellers in the District of Columbia must have a registration certificate in order to lawfully transfer a firearm…

Even where private sellers are so eligible, they may transfer registerable firearms only to licensed dealers.

In addition, no person may sell a handgun to a person:

1) not of sound mind;
2) prohibited from possessing a firearm by any of the specific prohibited categories under D.C. Code Ann. § 22-4503; or
3) under age 21, unless the seller is the parent or guardian of the purchaser.

Any person who knowingly or intentionally transfers a firearm or ammunition to someone under age 18 shall be fined up to $10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both.

The District also prohibits the use of firearms or ammunition as security for a mortgage, deposit or pledge, and prohibits loaning, borrowing, giving, or renting a firearm or ammunition to or from another person…

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