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.
|Open Carry Permitted?||Yes|
|Carry In Vehicle?||Yes|
|Carry In State Park?||Yes|
|Carry In Restaurants?||Yes|
|No Weapon Sign Enforced?||No|
|Must Notify Officer?||No|
Open carrying a handgun without a permit/license in Delaware is legal but not common. The minimum age is 18 years old.
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.
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)
“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.
“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.
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.