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Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board (CPLRB)

The Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board was established pursuant to the authority under Title IX of the Firearms Regulation Control Act of 1975 (DC Official Code §7-2501 et seq.), effective January 6, 2015 (DC Act 20-564; 62 DCR 866), and Chapter 23 (Guns and Other Weapons) of Title 24 (Public Space and Safety) to of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), to review appeals of any denials of an application for a concealed pistol license issued by the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department. CPLRB is also responsible for handling appeals from license revocations and suspensions.

Update as of October 6, 2017: The Chairperson of the Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board (“Board”), has ruled that all pending appeals before the Board, for review of the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (“Chief”) denial of an appellant’s application for a concealed pistol license based upon the “good reason” or “other proper reason” standards (D.C. Official Code §§ 7-2509.11(1)(A) or (B)) are hereby closed and remanded. These appeals are closed and remanded as a result of the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Wrenn v. District of Columbia, No. 1:15-cv-00162 (July 25, 2017), which held the “good reason” standards to not be constitutional and entered a permanent injunction against enforcement of these standards. As such, all appellants with appeals currently pending before the Board should soon receive a Notice of Remand closing their case and remanding it to the Chief to re-investigate the appellant’s current suitability for a license pursuant to D.C. Official Code §7-2509.11(1)(C). For questions regarding the re-investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department, please contact the Firearms Registration Section at (202) 727-4275.

Update as of June 10, 2016: On June 8, 2016, the D.C. Circuit issued an order staying the preliminary injunction issued by Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Grace v. District of Columbia, Civil Action No. 15-2234, pending resolution of an appeal in the case.  Until further notice, applicants must satisfy all requirements of the Firearms Control Act of 1975 (D.C. Official Code § 7-2501 et seq.), including the “Good Reason” requirement.

Update as of May 27, 2016: On May 27, 2016, the D.C. Circuit issued an order temporarily staying the preliminary injunction issued by Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Grace v. District of Columbia, Civil Action No. 15-2234, pending further review.  Until further notice, applicants must satisfy all requirements of the Firearms Control Act of 1975 (D.C. Official Code § 7-2501 et seq.), including the “Good Reason” requirement.

Update as of May 19, 2016: In light of the preliminary injunction issued by Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Grace v. District of Columbia, Civil Action No. 15-2234, the Metropolitan Police Department will not require applicants to comport with the “Good Reason” requirement under D.C. Official Code § 7-2509.11(1)(A) & (B), while the injunction is effective (see “Grace Preliminary Injunction” document, attached below).

Applicants must still meet all other requirements when applying for a license to carry a concealed firearm.  Applicants who were previously denied pursuant to the “Good Reason” requirement may submit a new application.  The application fee for re-applicants meeting this criteria will be waived.  New applicants should use the existing forms until such time as the Department is able to revise forms in accordance with the court’s order.  Questions should be directed to the Firearms Registration Section  at (202) 727-4275.

 

Laws and Regulations

View regulations and laws pertaining to the Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board:

Notice of Final Rulemaking: Amending Procedures for the Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board [WORD] (August 14, 2015)

Notice of Second Emergency and Proposed Rulemaking: Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board Appeals Procedures [WORD] (May 1, 2015)

Notice of Emergency and Proposed Rulemaking: Regulations to Establish Procedures for the Newly-Created Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board [WORD] (February 13, 2015)

Guidance Document

Board Interpretation of 1 DCMR §1202.3(f) (December 11, 2015)

Appeals Requests

You may appeal a concealed carry pistol license denial, revocation of a concealed pistol license permit or suspension of a concealed pistol license permit by submitting a written request to the Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board to review the decision within fifteen (15) days after receiving notification.

The request should be mailed to:

Office of the City Administrator
Concealed Pistol Licensing Review Board
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 513
Washington, DC 20004

Details of this process are available above in the laws and regulations section.

Office Hours

Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, except District holidays

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1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 513, Washington, DC 20004
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