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Delaware prohibits the purchase, ownership or possession of a handgun by a “juvenile” except for the purposes of engaging in lawful hunting, instruction, sporting or recreational activity while under the direct or indirect supervision of an adult.1 There is no minimum age to possess long guns under Delaware or federal law.

Delaware law prohibits the sale of a handgun or other deadly weapon “made especially for the defense of one’s person” to a person under age 21.2 Delaware also prohibits the sale or transfer of any firearm or ammunition to a person under age 18 unless the transferor is the minor’s parent or guardian or a person who first receives permission from the minor’s parent or guardian.3

Delaware also prohibits online marketing or advertising of firearms to children.4


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  1. Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, § 1448(a)(5). The term “juvenile” is not defined under Delaware law, although state law notes that any person who attains age 18 is deemed to be of full legal age for “all purposes whatsoever.” Del. Code Ann. tit. 1, § 701.[]
  2. Del. Code Ann. tit. 24, §§ 901, 903.[]
  3. Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, § 1445(4).[]
  4. Del. Code Ann. tit. 6, §§ 1204C(e), (f)(4).[]