Gun laws in Delaware

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Gun laws in Delaware regulate the sale, possession, and use of firearms and ammunition in the state of Delaware in the United States.[1][2][3]

Subject/Law Long guns Handguns Relevant statutes Notes
State Permit to Purchase? No No
Firearm registration? 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.
Location of Delaware in the United States


  1. ^ "State Gun Laws: Delaware", National Rifle Association – Institute for Legislative Action. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  2. ^ "Delaware State Law Summary", Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Concealed Weapons Reciprocity", Delaware Attorney General's Office. Retrieved January 5, 2013.