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District of Columbia Code Division IV. Criminal Law and Procedure and Prisoners. § 22-4515a. Manufacture, transfer, use, possession, or transportation of molotov cocktails, or other explosives for unlawful purposes, prohibited; definitions; penalties.

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(a) No person shall within the District of Columbia manufacture, transfer, use, possess, or transport a molotov cocktail. As used in this subsection, the term “molotov cocktail” means:

(1) a breakable container containing flammable liquid and having a wick or a similar device capable of being ignited; or

(2) any other device designed to explode or produce uncontained combustion upon impact; but such term does not include a device lawfully and commercially manufactured primarily for the purpose of illumination, construction work, or other lawful purpose.

(b) No person shall manufacture, transfer, use, possess, or transport any device, instrument, or object designed to explode or produce uncontained combustion, with the intent that the same may be used unlawfully against any person or property.

(c) No person shall, during a state of emergency in the District of Columbia declared by the Mayor pursuant to law, or during a situation in the District of Columbia concerning which the President has invoked any provision of Chapter 15 of Title 10, United States Code, manufacture, transfer, use, possess, or transport any device, instrument, or object designed to explode or produce uncontained combustion, except at his or her residence or place of business.

(d) Whoever violates this section shall:

(1) for the first offense, be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 1 and not more than 5 years;

(2) for the second offense, be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 3 and not more than 15 years; and

(3) for the third or subsequent offense, be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than 5 years and not more than 30 years. In the case of a person convicted of a third or subsequent violation of this section, Chapter 402 of Title 18, United States Code (Federal Youth Corrections Act) shall not apply. For purposes of imprisonment following revocation of release authorized by § 24-403.01(b)(7) , the third or subsequent conviction for an offense defined by this section is a Class A felony.

(4) In addition to any other penalty provided under this section, a person may be fined an amount not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01 .

Cite this article: FindLaw.com - District of Columbia Code Division IV. Criminal Law and Procedure and Prisoners. § 22-4515a. Manufacture, transfer, use, possession, or transportation of molotov cocktails, or other explosives for unlawful purposes, prohibited; definitions; penalties. - last updated January 01, 2020 | https://codes.findlaw.com/dc/division-iv-criminal-law-and-procedure-and-prisoners/dc-code-sect-22-4515a/


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