Concealed Carry State Laws In Delaware
Concealed carry laws, or CCW’s, in Delaware refers to the legally issued permit which allows for the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in a concealed manner within any place open to the general public.
Not all weapons that fall under concealed carry state laws in Delaware are lethal, there are some states that regulate non-lethal items such a pepper spray that are carried over a set volume requiring the obtaining of a CCW permit. (In some states non-lethal items require a separate permit)
Every State's Concealed Carry Laws Are Unique In Delaware
While in Delaware there is no current federal law that specifically address the issuance of concealed carry permits for private citizens as each state is responsible for the control of concealed carry permits within its sovereign borders. All 50 states have passed laws allowing their respective residents to carry certain concealed firearms in public, either without a permit or after obtaining a permit from their local Sheriff’s office or Chief of police.
In all states and in Delaware the only federal law concerning CCW’s is the Peace Officer Safety Act of 2004, (H.R. 218) to lean about this and all other states Concealed Carry Laws see our database on our website US Precision Defense where we maintain a comprehensive listing of every States weapons laws.
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The Delaware State Constitution States: “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, and for hunting and recreational use.”
New gun control legislation, passed by the Delaware House of Representatives, will require universal background checks for the sale of firearms. The bill, introduced by Governor Jack Markell following the recent mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., will make it a criminal offense to privately transfer or sell arms, as transfers will require a criminal history background check. The bill titled House Bill 35, passed on March 28, 2013 and passed with a 24-17 vote is part of a package of new gun measures that will include new rules on guns in school areas, faster reports of stolen or missing guns, and bans on high-capacity magazines and assault weapons.
Delaware has no law against open carry of a firearm; Americans have been shocked recently to see images of gun-toting individuals openly carrying firearms in public places like coffee shops, restaurants, and public parks, and at political rallies. Many of these individuals identify themselves as part of a growing “open carry movement,” a collection of grassroots groups nationwide just as in Delaware, some groups in the state are advocating “Open Carry” as a way to show that there are law abiding citizens with guns, and to bring to public debate the importance of the 2nd amendment, and individual safety from criminals.
Delaware is an open carry state. Those doing so should be aware that any local ordinances that were in effect at the time that preemption was passed (July 4, 1985) are still in effect and are NOT preempted. Open carry does not yet appear to be a common occurrence in Delaware, but the number is increasing.
Although Delaware is one of the smallest states in the country the political climate is watched closely by other states as Delaware has a reputation of being a progressive state which stems in part due to its work with an inviting climate for Corporation registrations in the country, as such anything Delaware does concerning Gun-rights can have far reaching implications. Keep up with the ever changing Gun Laws in Delaware and other states by becoming a member of US Precision Defense.
Under new legislation proposed in Delaware, individuals who fail to notify police of a stolen or missing gun would face a fine of up to $500 for a first offense and could lose their right to own a gun for a second offense.
Delaware Concealed Carry classification; The “May Issue to Residents Only” classification means that the issuing official may or may not issue a permit to a resident if they meet all of the legal requirements. Non-Delaware residents are not eligible for Delaware Concealed Carry Permits.
Delaware does have concealed carry reciprocity agreements with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.
The hypocrisy of the gun-grabbers knows no bounds. Dianne Feinstein has no problem ordering Mr. and Mrs. America to turn in their guns while brazenly admitting she had firearms permit. The same goes for Wilmington, Delaware mayor Dennis P. Williams, who is a member of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a national campaign to restrict the Second Amendment under the cover of preventing the spread of guns the government insists are illegal and, of course, protecting the children. Williams is a former cop with a Delaware concealed carry permit. He doesn’t carry when he is accompanied by his security detail, but packs when visiting tough Wilmington neighborhoods. He also carried a firearm on the House floor back when he was a state representative.
From a quote found on a Delaware 2nd amendment advocates press release: Yes, the “Good ol Boy System,” is alive and well in Delaware’s General Assembly. What has happened to the days when a person only served in a state’s general assembly as a citizen legislator instead of a career politician. The good ol days when a persons’ word was his bond and a person could expect honesty from their “citizen legislators.” Well my friends, those days are gone and won’t return unless “we the people,” make it happen.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell revealed a package of five measures designed to prevent gun violence in the state; "I respect the 2nd Amendment, but the measures that we propose today are entirely constitutional," Markell pledged that no member of his administration would question the intentions of any lawmaker who disagrees with his agenda. "I expect a robust debate, but I believe this is not a debate about the 2nd Amendment." What do you a citizen of Delaware think? Be proactive and contact your elected official and voice your concerns. US Precision Defense encourages a healthy and open debate.