Gun laws in Delaware
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|Subject/Law||Long guns||Handguns||Relevant statutes||Notes|
|State Permit to Purchase?||No||No|
|"Assault weapon" law?||No||No|
|Magazine Capacity Restriction?||No||No|
|Owner license required?||No||No|
|Carry permits issued?||Yes||Yes||11 Del.C. § 1441||Delaware is a "may issue" state for concealed carry, but mostly shall-issue in practice. Permits are generally issued to all applicants not barred from owning a firearm.|
|Open Carry?||Yes||Yes||Open carry is generally permitted. A 2014 State Supreme Court ruling recognized that Open Carry was a long standing fundimental right. Local prohibitions in effect before July 4, 1985 are not preempted. City of Dover requires a permit from police chief or a state concealed permit to open carry. This was not preempted and is the only known non-preempted carry law.|
|State Preemption of local restrictions?||Yes*||Yes*||Complete preemption, except any local ordinances that were in effect before July 4, 1985 are still in effect and are not preempted.|
|NFA weapons restricted?||Yes||Yes||Civilian ownership for research purposes only.|
|Peaceable Journey laws?||No||No||Federal rules observed.|
- "State Gun Laws: Delaware", National Rifle Association – Institute for Legislative Action. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- "Delaware State Law Summary", Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- "Concealed Weapons Reciprocity", Delaware Attorney General's Office. Retrieved January 5, 2013.