Laws & Policies
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law makes possession of firearms in national parks subject to local and state firearms laws.
It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this park. As a starting point, please visit our state’s website.
For the sites within the District of Columbia:
See Division I, Title 7, Subtitle J, Chapter 25
See also Division IV, Title 22, Subtitle VI, Chapter 45
For the sites within the State of Maryland:
See Maryland Code, Public Safety, Title 5
See also Maryland Code, Criminal Law, Title 4
For the sites within the State of Virginia:
See sections 18.2-279 through 18.2-312
Federal law continues to prohibit firearms in federal facilities in this park. Those federal facilities are marked with signs at public entrances.
Did You Know?
As early as the 1820s, free African Americans settled in a community called Vinegar Hill, an area now known as Brightwood. During the Civil War, Fort Stevens was built within Vinegar Hill boundaries and repulsed the only Confederate attack on the District of Columbia.