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 August 6, 2021: The emergency regulations effective June 21, 2021, together with the concurrent notice of proposed rulemaking (see below) were published in the D.C. Register at 68 DCR 32 (Aug. 6, 2021).
Update as of June 21, 2021: Emergency regulations were signed into effect on this date making changes to 1 DCMR §§ 1210 and 1218 to ensure the due process rights of appellants appealing adverse actions related to concealed pistol licenses (“CPLs”) issued by the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, and to clarify applicable burdens of proof and persuasion and Board standards of review. The concurrent notice of proposed rulemaking is intended to codify the emergency rule.
CPLRB DURING THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
Update as of May 21, 2021: Final regulations, effective May 21, 2021, amends certain procedures for Board operations during emergencies, and additionally, for all operations, strongly encourages appellants to file and serve appeals by email to streamline and expedite the appeal process.
Updated as of January 22, 2021: Emergency regulations, effective January 22, 2021, extend the Board’s previously published emergency regulations and include a notice of proposed rulemaking.
Update as of September 24, 2020: Emergency regulations, effective on September 24, 2020, and published in the DC Register on October 2, 2020 here and link to .PDF below, extend the Board’s previously published emergency regulations.
Filing an appeal during the public health emergency: The recent regulations require that appellants file appeal requests via email to [email protected] to proceed with appeals during the emergency. Send to [email protected] one email with an attached .PDF copy of the Chief’s Notice, and an attached .PDF of a letter describing why the Chief’s action was in error and the relief sought.
As stated in these regulations, in general, the Board during the public health emergency may hear appeals as practicable and in the Board’s discretion. To that extent, appeals will be processed in the order in which they are received: (1) appellants will receive via email an official notice of receipt of a properly filed appeals hearing request; (2) a closed hearing will be conducted by the assigned Panel; and, (3) after the closed hearing, appellants will receive notice of next steps. Please consult the emergency regulations before contacting the Board on appeal status. If appellants must email the Board to inquire on status, please ensure the inquiry includes the case number and appellant name in the subject line of the email. Lastly, appellants should refrain from amending their previously filed appeals unless otherwise directed by the Board, at which time any filings should be submitted in a single .PDF file.
For more information, see below:
Update as of April 23, 2020: Emergency regulations were issued governing the Concealed Pistol Licensing Board (“CPLRB” or “Board”) to modify deadlines for receiving and deciding appeals during the recent public emergency and public health emergency (“emergency”) declared by the Mayor.
If you are an APPLICANT appealing a DENIAL of an application for a concealed pistol license (CPL), or a current license HOLDER appealing any other ADVERSE ACTION related to a CPL, issued by the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (“Chief”), please review the following for guidance on the status of appeals during the emergency:
1. In general the Board may proceed, as practicable, with appeals during the emergency.
2. The Board specifically may regulate certain appeals filed during the emergency, or previously filed appeals, as follows:
- Any person appealing any adverse action by the Chief MUST file any submission via EMAIL to [email protected] and MUST consent to service via email.
- Any appeal MUST include a copy of the Chief’s adverse action (e.g., notice of revocation, notice of denial, etc.)
- Applicants appealing denials of initial applications must wait until after the emergency to receive a hearing; although the Board, in its discretion, may consider such appeals, particularly if appellants properly file appeals via email and/or consent to email service.
- Licensees who appeal revocations or limitations of licenses, or denials of renewal applications, may receive hearings at the Board’s discretion, provided that their appeals are filed by email and/or appellants consent to email service.
- Licensees properly appealing suspensions via email within 72 hours of the suspension shall receive a hearing within 21 days; the Board shall issue a written decision within 7 days of the hearing; and, the Board’s decision shall be effective for 60 days after issuance.
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 [PDF]:
- CPLRB Emergency Regulations June 21, 2021
- CPLRB Emergency Regulations May 21, 2021
- CPLRB Emergency Regulations January 22, 2021
- CPLRB Emergency Regulations September 24, 2020
- CPLRB Emergency Regulations April 23, 2020
- CPLRB Final Rulemaking August 10, 2015
Board Interpretation of 1 DCMR §1202.3(f) (December 11, 2015)
Board Interpretation of 1 DCMR § 1200.5 (September 1, 2017)
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.
During an emergency, you must email an appeal request as described above. Outside of the emergency, emailing appeal requests is strongly encouraged or you may mail the request 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.
Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, except District holidays
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