A Delaware firearm bill of sale is used to prove that a weapon was sold and that possession of the firearm has been transferred from one party to another. Delaware law requires private firearm sales to be conducted through a licensed gun dealership. Certain exceptions to this rule apply, such as when transferring a weapon to a family member or a member of law enforcement (see § 1448B(c) for a complete list of exceptions). Both the buyer and seller must visit the dealership together, at which point a background check will be performed on the buyer. If the buyer is approved for the purchase, the bill of sale should be drafted to report the transaction date, purchase price, and other pertinent sale information.
- Firearm laws – §§ 1441 -1461
- Background check required? Yes.
- Permit required to purchase? No.
Concealed Carry Laws
Statute – § 1441
Carrying a concealed handgun is legal for those with a permit. Individuals can apply for a Concealed Carry Deadly Weapons (CCDW) permit by doing the following:
- Publish a notice in a newspaper at least ten (10) business days before filing for a concealed carry permit. A list of state-approved newspapers can be found in this instructional pamphlet. Following publication, the applicant must obtain an affidavit from the newspaper.
- Submit fingerprints at a Delaware State Police State Bureau of Identification location.
- A Reference Questionnaire must be completed by five (5) individuals who reside in the applicant’s county of residence. The individuals cannot be related to the applicant nor reside at the applicant’s address.
- Fill out an Application for a License to Carry a Concealed Deadly Weapon and attach the newspaper affidavit. The license application must be notarized.
- Get two (2) official passport photos taken within six (6) months of filing the permit application.
- Mail or hand-deliver the application and passport photos to the Prothonotary’s Office in the applicant’s county. Included with the application must be copies of all attachments and a $65 filing fee.
- The applicant must attend a gun training course. A notarized certification of satisfactory completion must be filed with the Prothonotary’s Office within ninety (90) calendar days of completion.
- If approved for a concealed carry permit, written notification of approval will be delivered to the applicant by mail.