Delaware Lax Gun Regulations: The Brady State Ranking

Compared to neighbor states, Delaware has lax gun laws. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence ranks each state according to the effectiveness of its gun regulations. As shown in the following table, Delaware is at the bottom of the list or neighboring states.


State Ranking Criteria: Brady Campaign1
Possible Score: 100 Points
State 100 = Perfect Score
New Jersey 72
New York 622
Maryland 45
Pennsylvania 26
Delaware 13
Virginia 12
2. Rank before New York recently passed major gun legislation. See >>

Because Delaware has so many close by state neighbors it could as an “exporter” of firearms to nearby states, all with tougher gun purchase and use regulations. While Delaware was recently found to be a net importer of guns used in crimes, other states’ new laws may quickly change Delaware to a net exporter.

TheWashington Postseries, “The Hidden Lives of Guns,” is an excellent source of information on how guns are bought, moved across state lines and overall “maneuvered” to avoid local laws. See: with the interactive map on how guns move across state lines.

To examine the ranking elements important to the Brady Campaign in their state analysis, the following highlights issues and regulations that The Brady Campaign deems important

State Ranking Criteria: Brady Campaign
Possible Score: 100 Points

1. Curb Firearm Trafficking (Maximum 35 Points)

A. Gun Dealer Regulations (Maximum 12 Points)

B. Limit Bulk Purchases (Maximum 5 Points)

C. Record Retention (Maximum 5 Points)

D. Crime Gun Identification (Maximum 10 Points)

E. Report Lost/Stolen Guns

2. Strengthen Brady Background Checks (Maximum 40 Points)

A. Background checks on all gun sales

B. Permit to Purchase (Maximum 21 Points)

C. Ammunition Regulations (Maximum 2 Points)

D. Ban Assault Weapons (Maximum 10 Points)

E. Large Capacity Magazine Ban (Maximum 5 Points)

3. Child Safety (Maximum 7 Points)

A. Child Safety Locks (Maximum 5 Points)

4. Guns in Public Places and Local Control (Maximum 8 Points)

A. No Guns in Workplace

B. No Guns on College Campuses

C. Not A CCW Shall Issue State

D. No State Preemption