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The DC Code: § 38-234 Definitions.

Index38 Educational Institutions. (Refs & Annos)
a
For the purposes of this subchapter, the term "weapon" means a firearm and includes:
1
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:
2
The frame or receiver of any weapon described in this subsection;
3
Any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or
4
Any destructive device; the term "destructive device" means:
A
Any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas;
B
Bomb;
C
Grenade;
D
Rocket having a propellant charge of more than 4 ounces;
E
Missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than a 1/4 ounce;
F
Mine; or
G
Any similar device.
5
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
6
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.
b
The term "weapon" shall not include:
1
An antique firearm;
2
Any device which is neither designed nor redesigned for use as a weapon; or
3
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

Prior Codifications 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

Credits

(Apr. 9, 1997, D.C. Law 11-174, § 2(d), 43 DCR 4500.)