Residents of Washington D.C. are the first in the United States to be required to renew gun registrations, including fingerprinting and background checks, as of Jan. 2.
Anyone in D.C. who has registered a firearm since 1976, must pay a $13 renewal fee and a $35 background check fee at the Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, where they will also be photographed and fingerprinted.
Failing to renew before April, means the registration will expire. Unlicensed gun owners could face a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to a year in jail, WJLA reported.
Gun owners will be required to renew the registration every three years, much like a driver’s license. Advocates of the law say it will help remove guns from the hands of people who become a danger to society. Anyone who committed a felony, becomes a drug addict or is involuntarily committed to a mental hospital could not renew.
The MPD estimates there are at least 30,000 registrations that must be renewed. Unlicensed guns will be confiscated and will never be able to be registered again.
Police are in possession of registrant’s home address so confiscations or arrests could be put in place in April, Washington Times reported.