Delaware — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

Delaware — Gun Facts, Figures and the Law

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StockpilesGun Numbers

Civilian Guns

Percentage of Adults Living in a Home With a Gun

ChartIn Delaware, the fraction of adults living in a household with a firearm is reported to be

2004: 26.01
2002: 26.72
2001: 25.53

Proportion of Households with Firearms

In Delaware, the percentage of households with one or more guns is reported to be 2004: 30.744

Gun Ownership by US State and Decade

ChartIn Delaware, the percentage of households with one or more guns is estimated to be

2001/2010: 45.25 6
1991/2000: 48.1
1981/1990: 48.4

ImpactsDeath and Injury

Total Number of Gun Deaths

ChartIn Delaware, annual deaths resulting from firearms total

2010: 887
2009: 76
2008: 95
2007: 79
2006: 79
2005: 75
2004: 75
2003: 65
2002: 74
2001: 76
2000: 52
1999: 68

Rate of All Gun Deaths per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of all gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 9.807
2009: 8.52
2008: 10.75
2007: 9.06
2006: 9.19
2005: 8.87
2004: 9.03
2003: 7.95
2002: 9.18
2001: 9.55
2000: 6.64
1999: 8.77

Homicides (any method)

ChartIn Delaware, annual homicides by any means total

2010: 617
2009: 45
2008: 65
2007: 48
2006: 50
2005: 55
2004: 35
2003: 25
2002: 38
2001: 33
2000: 23
1999: 24

Rate of Homicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of homicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 6.797
2009: 5.05
2008: 7.35
2007: 5.51
2006: 5.82
2005: 6.51
2004: 4.21
2003: 3.06
2002: 4.71
2001: 4.15
2000: 2.94
1999: 3.10

Gun Homicides

ChartIn Delaware, annual firearm homicides total

2010: 457
2009: 36
2008: 54
2007: 30
2006: 34
2005: 33
2004: 27
2003: 18
2002: 28
2001: 19
2000: 9
1999: 18

Rate of Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of firearm homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 5.017
2009: 4.04
2008: 6.11
2007: 3.44
2006: 3.96
2005: 3.90
2004: 3.25
2003: 2.20
2002: 3.47
2001: 2.39
2000: 1.15
1999: 2.32

Handgun Homicides

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),8 annual handgun homicides total

2012: 259 10
2011: 18
2010: 25
2009: 20
2008: 29
2007: 19
2006: 14
2005: 15
2004: 7
2003: 10
2002: 9
2001: 10
2000: 10
1999: 16
1998: 7
1997: 4
1996: 9
1995: 1

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 2.7312
2011: 1.98
2010: 2.78
2009: 2.24
2008: 3.28
2007: 2.18
2006: 1.63
2005: 1.77
2004: 0.84
2003: 1.22
2002: 1.12
2001: 1.26
2000: 1.27
1999: 2.06
1998: 0.92
1997: 0.53
1996: 1.21
1995: 0.14

Handgun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),8 annual handgun homicides total

2010: 0 Suppressed13 10
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Handgun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),11 the annual rate of handgun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13 10
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Homicides

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),14 annual long gun homicides total

2012: 39 10
2011: 3
2010: 2
2009: 2
2008: 2
2007: 0
2006: 3
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 1
2002: 4
2001: 1
2000: 2
1997: 1
1996: 5
1995: 2

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2012: 0.3312
2011: 0.33
2010: 0.22
2009: 0.22
2008: 0.23
2007: 0.00
2006: 0.35
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.00
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.50
2001: 0.13
2000: 0.25
1997: 0.13
1996: 0.67
1995: 0.27

Long Gun Homicides (CDC)

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),14 annual long gun homicides total

2010: 0 Suppressed13 10
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Long Gun Homicide per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),15 the annual rate of long gun homicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13 10
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Homicides (Other)

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2012: 139 10
2011: 7
2010: 11
2009: 9
2008: 13
2007: 3
2006: 10
2005: 8
2004: 2
2003: 5
2002: 4
2001: 2
1999: 1
1998: 1
1996: 1
1995: 1

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2012: 1.4212
2011: 0.77
2010: 1.22
2009: 1.01
2008: 1.47
2007: 0.34
2006: 1.16
2005: 0.95
2004: 0.24
2003: 0.61
2002: 0.50
2001: 0.25
1999: 0.13
1998: 0.13
1996: 0.13
1995: 0.13

Gun Homicides (Other) (CDC)

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),16 annual firearm homicides (Other) total

2010: 4213 10
2009: 36
2008: 50
2007: 29
2006: 31
2005: 33
2004: 27
2003: 17
2002: 26
2001: 18
1999: 17

Rate of Gun Homicide (Other) per 100,000 People (CDC)

ChartIn Delaware, according to figures from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),17 the annual rate of firearm homicide (Other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 4.6813 10
2009: 4.04
2008: 5.66
2007: 3.33
2006: 3.61
2005: 3.90
2004: 3.25
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 3.23
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Suicides (any method)

ChartIn Delaware, annual suicides by any means total

2010: 1067
2009: 107
2008: 109
2007: 95
2006: 91
2005: 83
2004: 93
2003: 94
2002: 74
2001: 108
2000: 82
1999: 86

Rate of Suicide per 100,000 People (any method)

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of suicide by any means per 100,000 population is

2010: 11.807
2009: 12.00
2008: 12.33
2007: 10.90
2006: 10.59
2005: 9.82
2004: 11.19
2003: 11.49
2002: 9.18
2001: 13.57
2000: 10.46
1999: 11.10

Gun Suicides

ChartIn Delaware, annual firearm suicides total

2010: 437
2009: 38
2008: 41
2007: 46
2006: 42
2005: 42
2004: 45
2003: 42
2002: 38
2001: 53
2000: 40
1999: 44

Rate of Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of firearm suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 4.797
2009: 4.26
2008: 4.64
2007: 5.28
2006: 4.89
2005: 4.97
2004: 5.42
2003: 5.13
2002: 4.71
2001: 6.66
2000: 5.10
1999: 5.68

Handgun Suicides

ChartIn Delaware, annual handgun suicides total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Handgun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of handgun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Suicides

ChartIn Delaware, the number of long gun suicides is

2010: 1413
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 12
2007: 12
2006: 10
2005: 11
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 11
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 11
2000: 10
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Long Gun Suicide per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of long gun suicide per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Suicides (Other)

ChartIn Delaware, annual gun suicides (other) total

2010: 2913
2009: 33
2008: 29
2007: 34
2006: 32
2005: 31
2004: 36
2003: 31
2002: 29
2001: 41
2000: 29
1999: 38

Rate of Gun Suicide (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of gun suicide (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 3.2313
2009: 3.70
2008: 3.28
2007: 3.90
2006: 3.72
2005: 3.67
2004: 4.33
2003: 3.79
2002: 3.60
2001: 5.15
2000: 3.70
1999: 4.90

Unintentional Gun Deaths

ChartIn Delaware, annual unintentional shooting deaths total

2007: 07
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 1
2003: 1
2002: 7
2001: 3
2000: 2
1999: 1

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death per 100,000 population is

2007: 0.007
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.12
2003: 0.12
2002: 0.87
2001: 0.38
2000: 0.26
1999: 0.13

Unintentional Handgun Deaths

ChartIn Delaware, annual unintentional shooting deaths by handgun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Handgun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by handgun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Unintentional Long Gun Deaths

ChartIn Delaware, annual unintentional shooting deaths by long gun total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Long Gun Death per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by long gun per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Unintentional Gun Deaths (Other)

ChartIn Delaware, annual unintentional shooting deaths by firearm (other) total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Unintentional Gun Death (Other) per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of unintentional shooting death by firearm (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Delaware, annual shooting deaths in which the cause remains undecided total

2007: 27
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 1
2003: 3
2002: 0
2001: 0
2000: 0
1999: 1

Rate of Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of unknown-cause shooting deaths per 100,000 population is

2007: 0.237
2006: 0.00
2005: 0.00
2004: 0.12
2003: 0.37
2002: 0.00
2001: 0.00
2000: 0.00
1999: 0.13

Handgun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Delaware, annual deaths by handgun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Handgun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of unknown-cause handgun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Long Gun Deaths from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Delaware, annual deaths by long gun in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Long Gun Death from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of unknown-cause long gun deaths per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Gun Deaths (Other) from Undetermined Cause

ChartIn Delaware, annual deaths by firearm (other) in which the cause remains undecided total

2010: 0 Suppressed13
2009: 0 Suppressed
2008: 0 Suppressed
2007: 0 Suppressed
2006: 0 Suppressed
2005: 0 Suppressed
2004: 0 Suppressed
2003: 0 Suppressed
2002: 0 Suppressed
2001: 0 Suppressed
2000: 0 Suppressed
1999: 0 Suppressed

Rate of Gun Death (Other) from Undetermined Cause per 100,000 People

ChartIn Delaware, the annual rate of unknown-cause gun deaths (other) per 100,000 population is

2010: 0.00 Unreliable13
2009: 0.00 Unreliable
2008: 0.00 Unreliable
2007: 0.00 Unreliable
2006: 0.00 Unreliable
2005: 0.00 Unreliable
2004: 0.00 Unreliable
2003: 0.00 Unreliable
2002: 0.00 Unreliable
2001: 0.00 Unreliable
2000: 0.00 Unreliable
1999: 0.00 Unreliable

Justifiable Gun Homicides

ChartIn Delaware, annual legal-intervention gun homicides total

2011: 018
2010: 1
2009: 3
2008: 019
2007: 0
2006: 0
2005: 0
2004: 0
2003: 0
2002: 0
2001: 0
2000: 120
1999: 1
1998: 0
1997: 0
1996: 0
1995: 0

TransfersGun Trade and Trafficking

Origin of Crime Guns

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rate)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, interstate gun traffickers had sourced their weapons from Delaware at a rate of 18.521 per 100,000 inhabitants

Suppliers of Crime Guns to Other US States (Rank)

When crime guns seized in the United States were traced, Delaware ranked at No. 2321 out of 51 US jurisdictions as a source of weapons for interstate gun trafficking

MeasuresGun Regulation

Firearm Regulation – Guiding Policy

The regulation of guns in Delaware is categorised as permissive22

Firearm Law

Guiding gun control legislation in Delaware includes the Delaware Code (Criminal Code) and the Constitution of Delaware 189723

Firearm Regulation Authority

Guns in Delaware are regulated by the State of Delaware24 25 26

Right to Possess Firearms

In Delaware, the right to private gun ownership is conditionally guaranteed by the US Constitution,27 as limited by federal law28 and state law29 25 26

Restricted Firearms and Ammunition

In Delaware, civilians are not allowed to possess machine guns,30 but civilians are allowed to possess assault weapons,31 .50 calibre rifles32 and large capacity ammunition magazines33 25 26

Regulation of Automatic Weapons

In Delaware, private possession of fully automatic weapons is prohibited30 34 25 26

Regulation of Semiautomatic Assault Weapons

In Delaware, private possession of semi-automatic assault weapons is permitted without a licence31 25 26

Regulation of Handguns

In Delaware, private possession of handguns (pistols and revolvers) is permitted without a licence35 25 26

Gun Ownership and Possession

In Delaware, non-prohibited persons of minimum age35 36 25 26 may lawfully acquire, possess or transfer a firearm or ammunition

Minimum Age for Firearm Possession

The minimum age for gun ownership in Delaware is 18 years for handguns(no minimum age for long guns)37 25 26

Domestic Violence and Firearms

Where a past history, or apprehended likelihood of family violence exists, the law in Delaware stipulates38 25 26 that firearm possession should be denied or revoked

Firearm Safety Training

In Delaware, an understanding of firearm safety and the law, tested in a theoretical and/or practical training course is required for a permit to carry a hidden handgun3925 26

Firearm Registration

Civilian Gun Registration

In Delaware, the law does not require (registration prohibited)40 25 26 that a record of the acquisition, possession and transfer of each privately held firearm be retained in an official register

Gun Dealer Record Keeping

In Delaware, licensed firearm dealers are required41 25 26 to keep a record of each firearm or ammunition purchase, sale or transfer on behalf of a regulating authority

Gun Sales and Transfers

Background Checks for Private Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm in a private sale in Delaware is stipulates38 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Background Checks on Dealer Gun Sales

The buyer of a firearm from a licensed gun dealer in Delaware is obliged42 25 26 to pass official background checks before taking possession

Regulation of Private Gun Sales

In Delaware, the private sale and transfer of firearms is permitted43 25 26

Regulation of Dealer Gun Sales

In Delaware, dealing in firearms by way of business without a valid gun dealer’s licence is unlawful44 25 26

Limit on Gun Dealer Sales

In Delaware, the number and type of firearms which can be sold by a licensed gun dealer to a single gun owner is not limited 45 25 26

Number of Licensed Gun Dealers

The number of licensed firearm dealers in Delaware is reported to be 2011: 31446

Waiting Period for Gun Possession

In Delaware, the minimum wait for a lawful firearm purchase to be completed is undetermined47 25 26

Regulation of Gun Shows

In Delaware, gun shows and temporary firearm dealing events are not regulated48 2526 in law

Storage and Transport of Guns and Ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Private

Firearm regulations in Delaware do not include49 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of private guns and ammunition

Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations – Dealer

Firearm regulations in Delaware do not include50 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition by licensed arms dealers

Firearm and Ammunition Transport Regulations

Although regulations in Delaware do not include49 25 26 written specifications for the lawful safe storage of firearms and ammunition while in transit, US federal law does apply51

Marking and Tracing Guns and Ammunition

Firearm Marking

In Delaware, a unique identifying mark on each firearm is required by law52 53 54 5556 25 26

Ballistic Marking of Firearms and Ammunition

In Delaware, state authorities do not employ57 25 26 ballistic fingerprinting technology to trace guns and ammunition

Carrying Guns

Carrying Guns Openly in Public

In Delaware, carrying a firearm in plain view in a public place is allowed without a permit58 25 26

Carrying Hidden Handguns in Public

In Delaware, carrying a concealed firearm in a public place is allowed, subject to a valid permit39 25 26

Hidden Handgun Permit May, or Shall Be Issued

In Delaware, local licensing authorities “may issue”, with room for discretion,39 59 2526 a hidden handgun carry permit to any non-prohibited person who applies

Reciprocity for Hidden Handgun Permit Holders

In Delaware, gun owners with a permit to carry hidden handguns issued in another jurisdiction are granted (by mutual agreement)39 25 26 reciprocal rights

Exempting Hidden Handgun Permit Holders from Background Checks

In Delaware, gun owners with a valid permit to carry a hidden handgun are not exempt39 25 26 from background checks when buying from a licensed gun dealer

Gun Free Zones

In Delaware, private guns are prohibited in detention facilities,60 vehicles (loaded firearms)61 and schools62 25 26

Penalty for Illicit Firearm Possession

In Delaware, the maximum penalty for unlawful possession of a firearm63 is 15 years prison64 52 65 66 25 26

Grading US State Gun Laws

Gun Law Ranking – LCPGV/Brady

In their ‘A-F’ State Scorecard of US gun laws, the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Brady Campaign ranked Delaware as ‘B-’67

Gun Law Ranking – Brady Campaign

ChartIn its annual State Scorecard, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence scored firearm legislation in Delaware on a scale of 0 points (weak) to 100 points (strong)

2011: 1368
2010: 1569
2009: 2170
2008: 2271
2007: 2272

Gun Law Ranking – Open Society Institute

In its Comparative Survey of State Firearm Laws, the Open Society Institute ranked Delaware at No. 2373 among 50 US States

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