Delaware has stronger gun safety laws than many other states, but is still missing key policies that can further protect its residents.
In 2018, Delaware banned trigger activators such as bump stocks and passed an extreme risk protection order law, which facilitates the removal of guns from at-risk individuals. In 2019, Delaware had the 11th-lowest gun death rate among the states and supplied crime guns to other states at the 21st-highest rate. To further strengthen its gun laws, Delaware could require a license to purchase a firearm, direct funding to evidence-based, community-driven violence intervention strategies in underserved communities, and restrict undetectable and untraceable firearms (also known as ghost guns).
What Delaware Does Well
- Universal background checks
- Extreme risk protection orders
- Strong concealed carry law
- Certain child access prevention laws
- Lost & stolen firearm reporting
- Extended background check period
- Gun dealer regulation
- Bump stock ban
What Delaware is Missing
- Gun owner licensing
- Most domestic violence gun laws
- Assault weapon restrictions
- Large capacity magazine ban
- Waiting periods
- Open carry regulations
- Community violence intervention funding
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