State Gun Laws - Delaware - Saul Roth

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By Saul Roth

Here is an overview of the gun laws in the state of Delaware. Please note that gun laws can change over time, so it’s essential to consult the most recent and authoritative sources or legal professionals for up-to-date information.

Permits and Licensing:

1. A License to Carry a Concealed Deadly Weapon (CCDW) is required to carry a concealed firearm in Delaware.
2. To purchase a handgun, a Permit to Purchase a Firearm (PTP) is required. For long guns (rifles and shotguns), no permit is needed.
3. Both the CCDW and PTP permits are issued by the Delaware State Police.

Firearm Purchase and Transfers:

1. Private firearm sales and transfers require a background check.
2. Both the buyer and seller must appear together at a licensed firearms dealer or a Delaware State Police Troop to complete the required paperwork and background check.
3. Exceptions to background checks include transfers between immediate family members and transfers involving law enforcement officers.

Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines:

1. Delaware does not have a specific ban on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines. However, it is illegal to possess a firearm that has been modified to be fully automatic or a firearm that is not detectable by a metal detector.

Safe Storage and Reporting:

1. Delaware does not have specific laws regarding the safe storage of firearms, but it is generally recommended to store firearms in a safe and secure manner to prevent unauthorized access.
2. There is no specific requirement to report the loss or theft of a firearm in Delaware, but it is advisable to report such incidents to local law enforcement.

Carrying Firearms:

1. Delaware is a “may-issue” state for concealed carry permits. The Delaware State Police have discretion in issuing CCDW permits, and applicants must demonstrate a justifiable need.
2. Open carry of firearms is generally allowed without a permit, except in certain locations where firearms are prohibited, such as schools, government buildings, and private property with posted signage prohibiting firearms.

It’s important to consult the official Delaware state statutes or seek legal advice to obtain comprehensive and up-to-date information on the specific provisions and requirements of Delaware’s gun laws.