Firearms Laws in Delaware

Delaware has relatively lenient laws regarding firearms and believes state residents should be able to defend themselves, their homes, their families, and use guns for any other legal reason. Surrounding states, such as New Jersey, have much stricter gun laws so for those who have recently relocated to Delaware, it is important that they know their rights.

In Delaware, owners of rifles, shotguns, and handguns do not need to be licensed. They do not need a permit to purchase these firearms and the state does not allow firearms owners to register them. However, it is important to be aware that if you own a handgun, you are required to obtain a permit to carry the handgun. There are no laws against confidentially carrying a firearm. In addition, Delaware firearms owners are permitted to carry their firearms in restaurants. If you are a non-resident but travel to Delaware, you are permitted to carry a handgun as long as carrying a handgun is legal in your state of residence and you have a permit or a license.

It is important to be aware that even if you have a permit or a license, there are certain places where carrying a firearm is not permitted. These include school buses, state and national forests, state parks, federal buildings, courthouses, detention facilities, wildlife management areas, police stations, or courthouses. However, they are permitted in state rest areas along Delaware roadways.

If you are having a legal issue regarding firearms in Delaware, it is essential that you retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney today.

The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced attorneys throughout the states of New Jersey and Delaware. Please contact the office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your specific case.