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DC CCW Permit Course $210

Carry a firearm legally for your protection IN DC & VA and 19 states

Duration: 16 hours Classroom, 2 hours range

Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Availability
Register Now April 1 Saturday
2 Day Class
District Heights, MD
5 - 10 Students 9AM-4PM John Ayala Space Available
Register Now April 15 Saturday
2 Day Class
District Heights, MD
5 - 10 Students 9am to 4pm John Ayala Space Available
Register Now May 4 Thursday
2 Day Class
District Heights, MD
10 - 10 Students 9am to 4pm John Ayala Space Available target icon


This course is designed for those who are beginner students looking to familiarize themselves with the bare essentials of properly handling, transporting, storing and shooting a handgun. . Upon completion of this course students will gain the certification needed in order to obtain the DC, Concealed To Carry permit. During these times of uncertainty, many of our friends, family, and acquaintances are choosing to exercise their Second Amendment rights for the first time.

If you are brand new to shooting, or just getting back into the game, it is recommended that you participate in our Firearms Training Basic Class before taking the concealed carry couse or before heading to the range for ccw certification. Firearms Training Basic Class 8 hours of hands on instruction from Chief  John Ayala an USCCA and NRA certified instructor.

Our District of Columbia Concealed Carry Pistol License Course is conducted by DC-MPD CCW Certified Firearms Instructors. This course satisfies the firearms training eligibility requirements for the District of Columbia Concealed Carry Pistol License. Course topics include:

  • Firearm safety

  • Firearm nomenclature

  • Basic principles of marksmanship

  • Pistol care and maintenance

  • Situational awareness

  • Defensive shooting fundamentals

  • Federal and DC firearm law

  • DC law on self-defense

This course requires the completion of at least two hours of range training, including shooting qualification course of fifty rounds of ammunition from a maximum distance of fifteen yards, and receiving a qualifying score of at least 70%.

Training Location 
5758 Silver Hill RD
District Height, MD 20747

First day of class will start at 1pm to 4pm
2nd day of class is 9am to 4pm



After completing Course all students will receive a schedule for range certification. The range date will be on a week day.  If you can not come to the range on a week day please do not take this course. We do not go to the range on weekends. If you miss your range date we will change you an additional $50. for a new range date.

After you receive your range certification it is your responsibility to hold on to it. If you need a replacement copy the fee is $50.

Your range cerification is good for one year.  If you do not file it within the year of your date you will have to take the course over and pay the full class fee.

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Topics Covered

  • Instruction in the fundamentals of pistol use. (The care, cleaning, maintenance, loading, unloading, and storage of pistols)
  • Instruction in the legal aspects of firearm possession, carry and use, including the rules governing the use of deadly force in the District of Columbia. 
  • Instructions to trainins concerning LAW OF SELF-DEFENSE
  • When to Use Deadly Force
  • Self-Defense Scenarios
  • Knowledge of how to operate your firearm
  • Understand common nomenclature and range commands
  • Knowledge of all safety rules

Inside a vehicle, the gun should be in a compartment separate from the driver’s compartment while also separating the firearm and the ammunition. It should be in a locked container and it should not be in the glove compartment or console.

Essentially, people in Maryland should transport the gun in a safety locked box or a mounted safety locked box, not in the driver’s compartment or within the driver’s immediate control. It could even be in the trunk. The trunk could have certain safes or locked boxes built in, which is common for hunters. They want to have a place to safely store a rifle and when they are going somewhere to hunt.

It is recommended to move out of the way in order to ensure that firearms are not in a zip-locked bag or a transport case. The case itself has to be separate, even disassembled if possible, and kept separate from the ammunitions. An individual should store it at the furthest end of the vehicle as far away from the driver as possible. Alternatively, the individual could put the firearm under the rear seat or mounted on the rear of that back seat so no one can grab it while driving a vehicle.

When a person is literally not going to and from the place they purchased it, and from a range or to and from a business establishment where they are allowed to carry it, there are exceptions. They include going to hunt, training, certification, safety class. The person may also be sponsored to have a weapon. There is really no other reason to have it on them.

An individual cannot transport firearms on public transportation because they are going to be in public around other people.

An example of someone who is never allowed to transport a firearm in Maryland is anyone with a prior felony conviction. If they do unlawfully transport a firearm, the law will prosecute them not only for the actual wear, transport, and carry but also for having a disqualifier, which is being in possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.

There is a good amount of crossover in terms of wear, transport and carry unlawful carry of a firearm punishments. An individual has to be very careful as to where they into the category and how the penalties could affect them.

For example, a handgun offense, the unlawful wearing or carrying is 3 years minimum. On a second offense, the punishment is 10 years to 30 years. They are all the same for first offenses and basic for either possessing or unlawfully possessing. The penalties increase if the handgun itself is stolen.

If the gun owner is stopped while driving into Maryland, and disclose that they do have a firearm to the police who was stopping them, they will be arrested. That means the person must return to the State of Maryland later because our penalties are much more stringent than others, especially surrounding states like Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

In states where the carry conceal licensing permits are distinctly different than in Maryland, a person cannot just carry conceal – even the exception has made it illegal for law enforcement, both current and former law enforcement on state and federal levels, or for the military to do this.

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Expectations and Outcomes

At the end of the course Students will receive the certification to receive their CCL prermit and a Certifacate of complation.

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Documentation Requirements

Note: After completing Course all students will receive a schedule for range certification. The range date will be on a week day.  If you can not come to the range on a week day please do not take this course. We do not go to the range on weekends. If you miss your range date we will change you an additional $50. for a new range date.

After you receive your range certification it is your responsibility to hold on to it. If you need a replacement copy the fee is $50.

Your range cerification is good for one year.  If you do not file it within the year of your date you will have to take the course over and pay the full class fee.

You must bring the following items when you apply for your DC permit:

1.            A completed application. Note there is a $75 application fee. If your fingerprints are         not on file, you will be required to pay $35.

2.            An accurate copy of your driver’s license, state ID, or photo page of your passport.

3.            Two bills with your name and address.

Training Requirements: 

All students must be 21 years or older. Training is 16 hours of classroom training and at least 2 hours of range training from a Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) certified firearms training instructor. (John Ayala)  

Every student must be seen on camera the whole class.  Anyone who is not seen on camera will be removed from class and will not be permitted to complete the CCW course.

Safe Firearms Storage 


DC Gun Laws 

District of Columbia DC Concealed Carry Gun Laws: Reciprocity | USCCA(Last Updated 11/11/2020) (


District Law Pertaining to Self Defense.pdf (

Students are to report to Maryland Small Arms. A text will be sent to you for schedule time. 

Maryland Small Arms Range, Inc. 

9801 Fallard Court 

Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 


*The student is responsible for range fees, application fees, fingerprinting fees, and any other fees required by the Metroplitan Police Department Firearms Registration Section.    

*The student will supply his/her own firearm, eye/hearing protection, holster, 3 magazines, and 50 rounds of ammunition. Firearms and ammo are available for those who have not yet purchased a handgun. 

All students must pay: 

$20 for Ammo (Students can provide Your own FMJ ammo must be 20 rounds) 

$40 range fee, Targets, Ear & Eyes Protection 

$10 gun rental (Students can provide their own weapon)

If you did not add on the above fees at the time of booking. The fees must be paid the day we are at the range. Cash, or Apple pay only. Cashapp, credit or debit cards will not be accepted.

Permits are approved at the discretion of the Metroplitan Police Department Firearms Registration Section .

Any students who miss the range schedule date or if you choose to shoot privately the fee is $175.

Any students who come to Maryland Small Arms Smelling like marijuana or alcohol will not be certified. 


  • Clothes you don’t want to get dirty – CLP and grease can ruin fabric
  • Flip-flops, sandals or open-toed shoes
  • Heavy clothing that weighs you down or overheats you
  • Short shorts
  • Tank tops or spaghetti strap shirts
  • V-neck or low-cut shirts
  • Anything that interferes with safety

Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) 

DC Security Associates (DCSA) 

1413 K Street, NW, 10th Floor 

Washington, DC 20005 

(202) 964-2010 



Please click the link below and follow the instructions to get started with your firearms transfer. 



1050 Connecticut Ave, NW Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

(202) 772-1097

Please click the link below and follow the instructions to get started with your firearms transfer. 

Transfer Steps | G and D (

To purchase firearm contact: 

1. NOVA Armory 

2300 N Pershing 

DR # 2B, Arlington, VA 22201 

2. Luis at Sterling Arsenal 


3. United Gunns  

5465 Randolph RD 

Rockville MD 20852 


4. Atlantic Guns 

15813 Frederick Rd. 

Rockville, MD 20855 



Application Process: 

The process can take up to 90 days.

Appointment for DC Concealed Carry 

An application must be submitted in person at MPD Headquarters only. 

Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters (Main Entrance) 

300 Indiana Avenue, NW, Room 3058 

Washington, DC 20001 

Nearest Metro Stop: Judiciary Square (4th Street Exit) 

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm

Applications for a Concealed Carry License -- both new and renewals -- are below.

Additionally, you may be able to complete Concealed Carry and HR-218 Renewal Requests ONLINE by visiting the MPD e-Commerce Portal


  1. Instructions for Submitting an Application for a Concealed Carry Pistol License
  2. Concealed Carry Pistol License Application


PLEASE NOTE: You must submit this application in person. Please call (202) 671-6705 for an appointment.

If you have any questions, please contact the Firearms Registration Branch at (202) 727-4275.



Concealed Carry Pistol License RENEWAL Application (3/13/2020) - 42.6 KB (docx)


Click below to make Concealed Carry/fingerprint appt


If you are denied your concealed carry permit:  

You can appeal by emailing  


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News Link

Man Cleaning Gun Accidentally Fires, Killing Neighbor in DC – NBC4 Washington (

DC Concealed Carry Permits sought in response to crime increase, firearm instructor says (

11-year-old shot and killed Saturday is the son, and grandson, of DC violence interrupters | WJLA

DOJ launches strike force to help reduce gun violence in DC (

First-time gun owners totaled at least 5.4M in 2021, groups says (

As of January 1, 2021, DCRA has discontinued printing Hard ID cards (Licenses). All Concealed carry permits approved on or after January 1, 2021, will receive, via email, a notification that the application has been reviewed and approved.  This paper license, or an electronic copy of the license, must be on you at all times while carring your weapon.

Reschedule Policy
Archangel will reschedule students for range certification at no cost to the student give Archangel a 24 hour notice.  If the students is a no call no show the student will be charge an addiitional $35 to reschedule the range certification.

Students who do not complated their range certification within 30 days of classroom training must pay and retake the  classroom training again before being reschedule for range certification.

Refund Policy
Please note, we do not offer refunds. However, if you give us at least 48 hour notice of your need to cancel your classroom training, we will credit your payment toward another Class. However, if you do not cancel with at least 48 notice, you will lose any payments you have already made.

Range Schedule Policy:

  • Any cancellation or reschedule made less than 24 hours will result in a cancellation fee. The amount of the fee will be equal to 100 percent of the range fee $40. 
  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your range time, we may not be able to accommodate you. In this case, the same cancellation fee will apply. We will do our very best to reschedule your range time for another time that is convenient to you.
  • In the event of a true, unavoidable emergency, all or part of your cancellation fee may be applied to future reange fee.
  • Students who do not pass the range certification must pay $100 to retake the Range certication. 


John W Ayala

Lead Instructor

Archangel Firearms Training


IG - @archangelglobalsecurity

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Payments can be made in person day of class or online
(Cash Only)

An applicant must:

  • Be 21 or older;
  • Possess a registered pistol, or register one at time of CCPL application;
  • Have a bona fide residence or place of business:
    • Within the District of Columbia,
    • Within the United States and a license to carry a pistol concealed upon his or her person issued by the lawful authorities of any state or subdivision of the United States, or
    • Within the United States and meet all registration and licensing requirements;
  • Have completed a firearms training course, combination of courses;
  • Be a suitable person to be so licensed;
  • Not have been convicted of any weapons offense or felony in any jurisdiction;
  • Not be under indictment for a weapons or violence offense;
  • Not have been convicted of assault, bodily harm or drugs offense within the prior 5 years;
  • Not currently suffer nor have suffered from any mental illness or condition that creates a substantial risk that he or she is a danger to himself or herself or others in the previous 5 years;
  • Not have been acquitted of any charge by reason of insanity within the last 5 years;
  • Not have not been admitted to any mental hospital within the last 5 years;
  • Not have any physical defect that would make it unsafe to use a firearm;
  • Not have been found negligent in a firearm incident that resulted in death or injury;
  • Not have been found guilty of a misdemeanor family offense;
  • Not have renounced U.S. citizenship;
  • Not be legally blind;
  • Not have been convicted of 2 or more driving under the influence charges within the last 5 years;
  • Not have had a civil protection order placed on him or her within the last 5 years;
  • Not have had a conviction of stalking within the last 5 years;
  • Not have a history of violence within the last 5 years;
  • Have completed a firearms training course provided by the Metropolitan Police; and
  • Meet federal law requirements.
  • Absolutely no "readily dischargeable firearm", loaded magazine(s) to the range.  All handguns MUST be unloaded in case,  or a box or holster stored in a bag, all magazines accompanied must be empty, and 50 rounds of factory ammo in original box or approved container, with eye and ear protection.  ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS you will be sent home without a refund.  Call for clarification if you are unsure or require additional instruction Archangel Training Academy wants to ensure the safety of everyone participating.  Safety is paramount we at ArchangelTraining Academy enforces our safety policy (safety policy can be viewed under policies).

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