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Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 2021 ‘Safe Storage in Delaware.’ Child & Consumer Safety. San Francisco, CA: Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. 5 March

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Firearm and Ammunition Storage Regulations in Delaware

Delaware prohibits a parent, guardian or other person legally charged with the care or custody of a child less than 18 years old from knowingly, intentionally or with criminal negligence contributing to or failing to prevent the unlawful possession or purchase of a firearm by a juvenile.

A defendant may raise as an "absolute" defense to charges for violation of this provision that he or she:

1) had a lock on the trigger of the firearm and did not tell or show the juvenile where the key to the trigger lock was kept; or
2) locked the firearm in a key or combination locked container and did not tell or show the juvenile where the key was kept or what the combination was.

Delaware does not require a locking device to accompany the sale of a firearm, although federal law applies, and no state statutes require firearm owners to affirmatively lock their weapons…

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