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Delaware Gun Laws

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Delaware gun laws operate on a “May Issue” policy. Permits are only issueded to full time residents. Applicants must submit their county of residence. In addition, you must provide five references from residents of the county and then you must publish your application in the local newspaper which has a minimum circulation of 35% ten days before the application is filed. The application is then reviewed by the Attorney General’s office and a Court.

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Delaware Gun Laws Quick Facts

Open Carry Permitted? Yes
Carry In Vehicle? Yes
Carry In State Park? Yes
Carry In Restaurants? Yes
Constitutional Carry? No
No Weapon Sign Enforced? No
Must Notify Officer? No

Delaware CCW Reciprocity List

States Honoring CCW

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia

States NOT Honoring CCW

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Washington

Honors These States CCW Permits

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia

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Delaware: Where Is CCW Allowed?

Places Allowed

  • Road side rest areas
  • Vehicle

Places Not Allowed

  • Police stations
  • School Bus
  • State approved “SLOTS”
  • Courthouses
  • Police stations
  • Prisons and other detention facilities
  • Wildlife Management Areas
  • Any place where the carrying of firearms is prohibited by Federal Law.

Delaware: Conceal Carry Laws

Open Carry

Yes

Open carrying a handgun without a permit/license in Delaware is legal but not common. The minimum age is 18 years old.

Carry In Vehicle

Yes

It is a felony to carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle without a permit/license. However, you can still legally carry the firearm in a vehicle if it is in plain site such as on the dash or seat, do not put it in the glove box or any place it cannot be seen. If you have a permit/license then you may carry a concealed firearm in a vehicle.

Carry In State Parks

Yes

It is legal to carry in the following areas; State Parks: YES – Admin Rule 9201-21.1 & DE Supreme Court ruling State/National Forests: YES – Admin Rule 402-8.8 & DE Supreme Court ruling State Wildlife Management Areas: NO – Title 7 – Wildlife 3900-8.3.4 Road Side Rest Areas: YES The Law Admin Rule 9201-21.1 Admin Rule 402-8.8 Title 7 – Wildlife 3900-8.3.4 NOTE The Delaware Supreme Court ruled in December 2017 that the ban on carrying firearms in state parks and National forests was unconstitutional. CA S16C-06-018 (S)

Carry In Restaurants

Yes

“Yes” or “No” states if you can carry in a restaurant that serves alcohol. Some restaurants may be posted with “NO GUN” signs. Check with the staff if this means just the bar area. If we have indicated a “Yes” then it should be legal to have a meal without drinking alcohol.

Constitutional Carry

No

No Weapon Signs Enforced

No

“No Weapons” signs are not mentioned in Delaware gun laws. There are no legal penalties for entering a private property or business that has posted these signs. They have no force of law unless they are posted in areas that are mentioned by the law as being off limits.

Must Notify Officer

No

There is nothing in Delaware gun laws that state you must inform a law enforcement officer you have a firearm when approached on official business. The law does not state you need to carry a permit/license either. However, we always recommend that you carry the permit, together with photo ID, at all times during which you are in actual possession of a concealed handgun.

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