Delaware State Law Summary

Posted on January 2, 2012

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Last updated December 9, 2013

In our publication 2013 State Scorecard: Why Gun Laws Matter, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 30 different firearms-related policy areas. Delaware ranked 10th out of 50 – having enacted some of the strongest gun laws in the country.

In 2013, the Delaware legislature enacted new laws that relate to firearms. These new laws are described below.

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Laws that Strengthen Gun Regulation

DE H 35 Requires background checks for private sales of firearms.
DE S 16 Requires any owner of a firearm to report the loss or theft of the firearm within 7 days after the discovery of the loss or theft to either local law enforcement or the state police.

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Among other things, Delaware:

Delaware does not, however:

Local governments in Delaware generally lack authority to regulate firearms and ammunition.

Delaware ranks 32nd among the states in number of gun deaths per capita. In 2009, 76 people died from firearm-related injuries in Delaware. That year, Delaware supplied the 23rd highest number of crime guns to other states per capita, but the state imports more crime guns than it exports.

Delaware Firearms Laws

For details about specific firearms laws in Delaware, choose a topic below, or see all of the firearms laws in this state.