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 2017, Delaware had the 15th lowest gun death rate among the states, and 111 people died from firearm-related injuries that year. Delaware also supplied crime guns to other states at the 21st highest rate among the states, though the state imported roughly the same number of guns as 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.