Delaware prohibits any person from selling, transferring, purchasing, receiving or possessing a “destructive weapon,” including any machine gun or firearm that is adaptable for use as a machine gun.1 This prohibition does not apply to: 1) members of the U.S. military or a police force in Delaware duly authorized to carry a machine gun; or 2) persons possessing machine guns for scientific or experimental research and development purposes, which firearms have been duly registered under the National Firearms Act of 1968 (26 U.S.C. § 5801 et seq.).2

Federal law generally allows the possession of machine guns manufactured prior to May 19, 1986 so long as they are registered.

See our Machine Guns policy summary for a comprehensive discussion of this issue.

  1. Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, § 1444(a). ⤴︎
  2. Del. Code Ann. tit 11, § 1444(b). ⤴︎