- For the purposes of this subchapter, the term "weapon" means a firearm and includes:
- Any weapon, including a starter gun, which will or is designed to or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive:
- The frame or receiver of any weapon described in this subsection;
- Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or
- Any destructive device; the term "destructive device" means:
- Any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas;
- Rocket having a propellant charge of more than 4 ounces;
- Missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than a 1/4 ounce;
- Mine; or
- Any similar device.
- Any type of weapon which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than 1/2 an inch in diameter; and
- Any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in subparagraphs (e) and (f) of this paragraph and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled.
- The term "weapon" shall not include:
- An antique firearm;
- Any device which is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon; or
- Any device, although originally designed for use as a weapon, which is redesigned for use as a signaling, pyrotechnic, line throwing, safety, or similar device.
Historical and Statutory
1981 Ed., § 31-454.
Temporary Addition of Section
See Historical and Statutory Notes following § 38-231.
Emergency Act Amendments
For temporary addition of subchapter, see note to § 38-231.
Legislative History of Laws
For legislative history of D.C. Law 11-173, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 38-231.
For legislative history of D.C. Law 11-174, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 38-231.
DC CODE § 38-234
Current through December 11, 2012
(Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-174, § 2(d), 43 DCR 4500.)