Code of the District of Columbia

§ 22–4503.03. Endangerment with a firearm.

*NOTE: This section was created by temporary legislation that will expire on August 29, 2024.*

(a) A person commits endangerment with a firearm when the person:

(1) Knowingly discharges a projectile from a firearm outside a licensed firing range; and

(2) Either:

(A) The person knows that the discharged projectile creates a substantial risk of death or bodily injury to another person; or

(B) In fact:

(i) The person is in, or the discharged projectile travels through or stops in, a location that is:

(I) Open to the general public at the time of the offense;

(II) A communal area of multi-unit housing; or

(III) Inside a public conveyance or a rail station; and

(ii) The person does not have permission to discharge a projectile from a firearm under:

(I) A written permit issued by the Metropolitan Police Department; or

(II) Other District or federal law.

(b) Whoever violates this section shall upon conviction be fined no more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, or incarcerated for no more than 2 years, or both.

(c) When arising from the same act or course of conduct, a conviction for an offense under this section shall merge with a conviction:

(1) Under § 22-4503.01; or

(2) For another offense outside of this chapter that has, as an element in the offense definition or in the applicable penalty enhancement, possessing or having readily available a firearm, imitation firearm, or dangerous weapon.

(d) No mental state shall be required as to any element under subsection (a)(2)(B) of this section.

(e) It shall be a defense to liability under this section that the person discharged a firearm under circumstances constituting lawful self-defense or defense of others.