Washington, D.C. police are under orders to arrest tourists and others from outside the district who are caught with empty shell casings on their persons.
Even though such shell casings are spent and therefore inert, they are considered ammunition in the District of Columbia.
“Unless you are a resident [of D.C.] and have a gun registration certificate,” possession of empty shell casings is a crime that results in a $1,000 fine, a year in jail, and a criminal record.
Under this law, even D.C. residents with a gun registration certificate are to keep empty shell casings “stored so [they are] not accessible from the passenger compartment” in their vehicles.
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