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DC CCW Renewal Course $180

Duration: 4 hours Classroom, 2 hour range time

Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Availability
Register Now April 1 Saturday
Virtual, DC
5 - 30 Students 9am to 12:30pm John Ayala Space Available
Register Now April 15 Saturday
2 Day Class
Virtual, DC
5 - 50 Students 9am to 12pm John Ayala Space Available
Register Now May 4 Thursday
2 Day Class
Virtual, DC
5 - 50 Students 9am to 1pm John Ayala Space Available target icon


Renewal training requirement is just four hours of classroom training plus a two-hour range session. The renewal training requirement is mandatory and not waivable. Instructor John Ayala will provide you a certificate documenting proof of your training which you must submit with your renewal application. The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has a portal on its website allowing you to pay the $75 fee and submit the renewal application and training certificate online. It can be accessed at this link. If your renewal is submitted online, your renewed license will be mailed to you in about a week.

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.


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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

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

Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

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Documentation Requirements


Training Location 
5758 Silver Hill RD
District Height, MD 20747

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)  

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 textwill be sent to you for range 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, Zelle 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)


*The student is responsible for range fees, application fees, fingerprinting fees, and any other fees required by the District of Columbia.    

*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. 

*While this course satisfies all requirements by the District of Columbia, John Ayala does not guarantee that the applicant will receive approval from the District for a Washington DC Handgun Permit. Permits are approved at the discretion of the District.

*The application prosess for a concealed carry permit may vary from state to state.

*The student is responsible to know whether or not they are training exempt. 

*Class fees are not refundable. 

 $75 MPD Application fee 

$35 FBI Background Check 

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