Delaware Gun Laws

Delaware Gun Laws

Delaware State Gun And Self-Defense Laws: YOU MUST ABIDE WITH ALL LAWS: STATE, FEDERAL AND LOCAL. Always Consult An Attorney                             

Rifles & Shotguns Handguns
Permit to Purchase NO NO
Registration of Firearms NO NO
Licensing of Owners NO NO
Permit to Carry NO YES

Duty to retreat before using Deadly force outside of Special Places


Crimes Justifying use of Deadly Force outside of Special Places

Kidnapping or sexual intercourse compelled by force or threat

Duty to Retreat when occupying special Places - Special places Mentioned in Statute such as Home, Workplace, Occupied Vehicle

No - dwelling or place of work

Presumption of Reasonableness in Special Places - Unlawful Acts justifying use of Deadly Force in Special Places

No - Arson, burglary, robbery or felonious theft or property destruction; combined with threat of serious injury or death

Immunity from Civil liability

Yes, Under the home defense statute

Notable Provisions of this State's Self-Defense Law

A threat to cause death or serious bodily harm, by the production of a weapon or otherwise, so long as the defendant’s purpose is limited to creating an apprehension that deadly force will be used if necessary, does not constitute use of deadly force.

How to obtain a Concealed Carry Permit in Delaware


The Superior Court is responsible for granting Concealed Deadly Weapon Permits in Delaware.

Applications for a license to carry concealed deadly weapons shall be filed under oath in duplicate upon the state forms which shall be filed with the Prothonotary in the county in which the applicant resides.

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