State Law Background
Among other things, Delaware:
- Requires a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between private parties;
- Requires retail firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
- Requires firearms dealers to conduct background checks and maintain records of the dealer’s employees (employees prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns are barred from selling firearms);
- Obligates gun owners to report the loss or theft of their firearms; and
- Prohibits domestic violence misdemeanants and persons subject to a domestic violence order of protection from purchasing or possessing firearms.
Delaware does not, however:
- Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines;
- License firearm owners;
- Require the registration of firearms;
- Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
- Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases; or
- Regulate unsafe handguns.
Local governments in Delaware also generally lack authority to regulate firearms and ammunition.
In 2013, Delaware had the 32nd highest gun death rate per capital among the states and 100 people died from firearm-related injuries that year. 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.