Delaware has stronger gun laws than most states, earning a B in our Annual Gun Law Scorecard. In 2018, Delaware banned trigger activators such as bump stocks and passed an extreme risk protection order law, which facilitates the removal of guns from at-risk individuals. In 2017, Delaware had the 15th-lowest gun death rate among the states and supplied crime guns to other states at the 21st-highest rate. To further strengthen its gun laws, Delaware could require a license to purchase a firearm, direct funding to evidence-based, community-driven violence intervention strategies in underserved communities, and restrict undetectable and untraceable firearms (also known as ghost guns).

  • Universal background checks

  • Gun dealer licensing and employee background checks

  • Lost and stolen firearm reporting

  • Firearm prohibition for domestic abusers

  • Assault weapon, 50 caliber rifle, and large capacity magazine ban

  • Firearm owner licensing

  • Firearm registration

  • Bulk firearm purchase restrictions

  • Handgun design safety standards

  • Local governments have authority to regulate firearms and ammunition

  • Waiting period