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 2016, Delaware had the 14th lowest gun death rate per capita among the states, and 111 people died from firearm-related injuries that year. In 2016, Delaware supplied the 22nd highest number of crime guns to other states per capita, but the state imported more crime guns than it exported.
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.