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Report of the Board of Park Commissioners of Wilmington, Del., for the year ending December 31st, 1897, Park Regulations, at 28

No person shall carry firearms, shoot birds, or other animals, nor throw stones or other missiles, or in any way disturb or annoy the birds or animals within the boundaries of the Park. 

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The Charter of the City of Wilmington, Part VII, § 7, Rules and Regulations of the Board of Park Commissioners (1893)

7.  No person shall carry fire-arms or shoot birds or other animals within the Park, or throw stones or missiles therein. 

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Del. Const. of 1776, art. XXVIII

28. To prevent any violence or force being used at the said elections, no persons shall come armed to any of them; and no muster of the militia shall be made on that day, nor shall any battalion or company give in their votes immediately succeeding each other, if any other voter who offers to vote objects thereto; nor shall any battalion or company in the pay of the continent, or of this or any other state, be suffered to remain at the time and place of holding the said elections, nor within one mile of the said places respectively, for twenty-four hours before the opening said elections, nor within twenty-tour hours after the fame are closed, so as in any manner to impede the freely and conveniently carrying on the said election: Provided always, that every elector may in a peaceable and orderly manner give in his vote on the said day of election.

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Vol. 30 Del. Laws 55, 55-56 (1919)

Section 222. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons, or a member of any firm, or the agents or officers of any corporation to sell to a minor or any intoxicated person, any revolver, pistol, or revolver or pistol cartridges, stiletto, steel or brass knuckles, or other deadly weapons made for the defense of one’s person.

It shall be the duty of any person or persons, firm, company or corporation desiring to engage in the business aforesaid, to keep and maintain in his place of business at all times a book which shall be furnished him by the Clerk of the Peace of the County wherein he does business, in which said book lie shall enter the date of the sale, the name and address of the person purchasing any such deadly weapon, the number and kind of deadly weapon so purchased, the color of the person so purchasing the same, and the apparent age of the purchaser, and the names and addresses of at least two freeholders resident in the County wherein the sale is made, who shall positively identify the purchaser before the sale can be made; Provided, that no clerk, employee or other person associated with the seller shall act as one of the identifying freeholders. This book shall at all times be open for inspection by any Judge, Justice of the Peace, Police Officer, Constable, or other Peace Officer of this State.

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Vol. 26 Del. Laws 28, 28- 29 (1911)

Section 1. That from and after the first day of June, in the year of our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and eleven, it shall be unlawful for any person or persons, firm, company or corporation, to sell, or expose to sale, any pistol or revolver, or revolver or pistol cartridges, stiletto, steel or brass knuckles, or other deadly weapons made especially for the defense of one’s person, without first having obtained a license therefor, which license shall be known as “Special License to Sell Deadly Weapons;” provided, however, that this provision shall not relate to toy pistols, pocket knives, or knives used in the domestic household, or surgical instruments or tools of any kind.

Section 2. Any person or persons, firm, company or corporation, desiring to engage in the business of selling revolvers, pistols, or revolver or pistol cartridges, stilettos, steel or brass knuckles, or other weapons made for the defense of one’s person, shall, after the above mentioned date, apply to the Clerk of the Peace of the County in which it is desired to conduct such business and shall obtain a license therefor, for which he, they, or it shall pay the sum of twenty-five dollars, which said license shall entitle the holder thereof to conduct said business for the term of one year from its date.

Section 3. It shall be unlawful for any person or per- sons, or a member of any firm, or the agents or officers of any corporation to sell to a minor, or any intoxicated person, any revolver, pistol, or revolver or pistol cartridges, stiletto, steel or brass knuckles, or other deadly weapons, made especially for the defense of one’s person.

Section 4. It shall be the duty of any person or persons, firm, company or corporation, desiring to engage in the business aforesaid, to keep and maintain in his place of business at all times, a book which shall be furnished him by the Clerk of the Peace of the County wherein he does business in which said book he shall enter the date of the sale, the name and address of the person purchasing any such deadly weapon, the number and kind of deadly weapon so pur- chased, the color of the person so purchasing the same, and the apparent age of the purchaser; and no sale shall be made weapon, etc. until the purchaser has been positively identified. This book shall at all times be open for inspection by any Judge, Justice of the Peace, Police Officer, Constable, or other Peace Officer of this State.

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Act of Feb. 4, 1812, 195 Del. Laws 522 (1812)

An Act to prevent the discharging of fire-arms within the towns and villages, and other public places within this State, and for other purposes.

SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, in General Assembly met, That from and after the first day of June next, if any person or persons shall presume to fire or discharge any gun, ordnance, musket, fowling-piece, fusee or pistol, within any of the towns or villages of this State, or within the limits thereof; of where the limits cannot be ascertained, within one quarter of a mile of the center of such town or village, shall fire or discharge any gun, ordnance, musket, fowling piece, fusee or pistol, within or on any of the greens, streets, alleys or lanes of any of the towns and villages within this State, whereon any buildings are or shall be erected, or within one hundred yards of any mill-dam, over or across where any of the main public or State roads may go or pass; every person or persons so offending, shall be fined or punished as hereinafter directed.

SEC. 2. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any free white person or persons, or the child or children of any such person or persons, shall fire or discharge any gun, ordnance, musket, fowling-piece, fusee or pistol, within any, or at any of the places or limits aforesaid, every such person or persons, or the child or children of every such person or persons, shall forfeit and pay for every such offence, any sum, not exceeding five dollars, to be recovered from the person or persons, or from the parent of such child or children, before any justice of the peace of this State, on his own view, or on the oath or affirmation of any one or more credible witnesses, to be recovered as debts under forty shillings are recoverable by the laws of the State.

SEC. 3. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That if any free negro or mulatto, or the child or children of any such free negro or mulatto, or any manumitted negro or mulatto, or any servant or servants, slave or slaves, apprentice or apprentices, of any person or persons whatsoever, shall fire or discharge any gun, ordnance, musket, fusee, fowling-piece or pistol, within the limits herein before described, and be thereof convicted by the view of any one justice of the peace, or on the oath or affirmation of one or more credible witnesses, every person so offending, shall forfeit and pay any sum, not exceeding five dollars: Provided nevertheless, That in all and every case where the money is not immediately paid on such conviction, into the hands of the justice before whom such conviction is had, it shall and may be lawful, and the said justice is hereby directed and commanded to commit such person or persons to the fail of his county, there to remain, until the forfeitures and costs are paid.

SEC. 4. And be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all fines and forfeitures incurred under this law, shall be paid over for the use of the poor of the county where the offence shall have been committed.

SEC. 5. Provided nevertheless, and be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That nothing in this act shall extend, or be construed to prevent any such firing, on any day or days of public rejoicing, or where it is authorized by any law of this State, or where it shall be deemed by the justice before whom the information is lodged, that the necessity of the case required the same.




1932 Del. Laws 771, An Act Prohibiting the Carrying of Gun While Training Dog or Dogs, ch. 225, § 1.

. . . [I]t shall be unlawful for any person to carry a gun while training dog or dogs in closed games season.




1931 Del. Laws 813, An Act Making it Unlawful for any Person or Persons Other than the State Milliary Forces or Duly Authorized Police Departments to have a Machine Gun in his or their Possesion, and Prescribing a Penalty for Same, ch. 249, § 1.

On and after the passage and approval of this Act it is and shall be unlawful for any person or persons other than the State Military Forces or duly authorized Police Departments to have a machine gun in his or their possession, within the State of Delaware. Any person or persons convicted under the provisions of this Act shall be deemed guilty of a felony and shall be punished by either fine or imprisonment, or both, in the discretion of the Court . . . .




1927 Del. Laws 516, An Act to Amend Chapter 74 of the Revised Code of Deleware in Relation to Hunting, ch. 169, §2381A. Sec. 24A.

It shall be unlawful to use any silencer or noise-reducing contrivance on any gun, rifle or firearm when hunting for game or fowl, under penalty of Twenty Dollars ($20.00) for each offense.




1918–1919 Del. Laws 484, Minors Under Fifteen Not to Use Gun Unless Accompanied by an Adult, § 2382 A. Sec. 25 A.

It shall be unlawful for any minor under fifteen years of age to hunt game birds or game animals anywhere in this state with a rifle or shotgun of any kind unless accompanied by an adult lawfully hunting.




1913 Del. Laws 439, § 18.

No child under the age of fifteen years shall be employed, permitted or suffered to work . . . in or about establishments wherein nitroglycerine, dynamite, dualin, guncotton, gunpowder or other high or dangerous explosives are manufactured, compounded or stored; unless said establishment are insured under the approval of the board of insurance underwriters of the district where said establishment is situated.




1911 Del. Laws 324, Of Fish, Oysters and Game, § 8.

That it shall be unlawful to shoot at or kill any birds or animals protected by the laws of this State with any device, swivel or punt gun, or with any gun other than such as is habitually raised at arm’s length and fired from the shoulder . . . .




1909 Del. Laws 577, House Joint Resolution Providing for Increase in Non-Resident Gunners License Fee, ch. 271.

Whereas, there are numerous gunners from other States who make it a practice to gun in this State, and under existing laws a license fee of Five Dollars is collected from them. And Whereas, our neighboring States charge non-resident gunners a license fee of more than Five Dollars. Therefore be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met: That from and after the passage of this Resolution up to and including April 30th, 1911, all non-resident gunners shall be required to pay a license fee of Ten Dollars per annum, said license fee to be collected in the same manner and by the same agency as non-resident gunners’ licenses are now collected.




1901 Del. Laws 399, Of Ciries and Towns, § 8.

. . . The council may also pass ordinances to . . . regulate the storage of gunpowder or any other dangerous or combustible materials . . . .




1901 Del. Laws 387, § 17.

The alderman of said town, the Council of said town and the Town Constable shall have power and authority to suppress, extinguish and prevent all bonfires in any of the streets, lanes, alleys or squares of the said town and to suppress and prevent the firing of guns or pistols, or the setting off of fire-crackers or other fireworks, or the making and throwing of fire-balls within the city limits of said town . . . .




1893 Del. Laws 410, For the Protection Of Fish, Oysters, and Game, chap. 422, § 16.

If any person or persons shall enter upon any lands, not owned by himself, with gun and dog, or with gun alone, for the purpose of shooting any kind of birds or game without first obtaining permission to do so by the owner or occupant, he shall forfeit and pay a fine of five dollars; and if he shall not pay the said fine he shall forfeit his gun until redeemed, as hereinafter provided . . . .




1893 Del. Laws 263, An Act for the Protection of Fish and Game In and on the Waters of the Delaware Bay and River, and The Streams, Tributary Thereto, Within the Limits of this State, ch. 216, § 1.

. . . That from and after the passage of this act, it shall not be lawful for any person or persons living and residing without the limits of this State, to come into or enter upon the waters of the Delaware bay and river . . . for the purpose, and with intent to . . . hunt, shoot, or kill any geese, ducks, fowls or birds of other kind whatever . . . under the penalty of forfeiting all and singular the boats, vessels, guns . . . or other implements that may be used for the purposes aforesaid . . .




W.B. Hvland, Wilmington City Code. The Ordinances of the City of Wilmington, Delaware. Also, the Original Borough Charter, the Charter of the City of Wilmington, and the Acts of the Legislature, Now in Force Relating to the City Page 689, Image 689 (1885) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

[Wilmington] City Ordinances, § 2. For the purpose of supplying retailers of gunpowder within the City of Wilmington, it shall and may be lawful to introduce the same in kegs, containing not more than twenty-five pounds each, carefully enclosed in good bags, or by putting a sheet of canvas under and around the said kegs, sufficient to prevent the gunpowder from scattering from the said carriage, wagon or other vehicle in which it is conveyed, and no one carriage or other vehicle shall contain, at any one time, more than ten of the above described kegs of gunpowder, and if any gunpowder shall be brought into this city, except in the manner and in the quantity herein set forth, and contrary to the provisions of this ordinance, the person or persons owing the said gunpowder, and the person or persons, so conveying the same shall, for each and every such offense, forfeit and pay the sum of five hundred dollars, one moiety to be paid into the city treasury and the other moiety to the person informing and prosecuting the offender to conviction. Provided, That this section shall not extend to that part of the Christiana river included within the city limits; vessels loaded with powder being free to pass in said river along the city front.




Revised Statutes of the State of Delaware, of Eight Hundred and Fifty-Two. As They Have Since Been Amended, Together with the Additional Laws of a Public and General Nature, Which Have Been Enacted Since the Publication of the Revised Code of Eighteen Fifty-Two. To the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety-Three; to Which are Added the Constitutions of the United States and of this State, the Declaration of Independence, and Appendix Page 987, Image 1048 (1893) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

An Act Providing for the Punishment of Persons Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapons. § 3. That it shall be unlawful for any person, either in jest or otherwise, intentionally to point a gun, pistol, or other fire-arms at or towards any person at any time or place. Any person violating any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a fine of not less than ten dollars nor more than one hundred dollars and the cost of prosecution, and should death result to any person by the discharge of such gun, pistol, or other fire-arm while so pointed, the person so pointing the same shall be guilty of manslaughter when such killing shall not amount to murder, and shall be punished accordingly.




1881 Del. Laws 987, An Act Providing for the Punishment of Persons Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapons, ch. 548, § 1.

That if any person shall carry concealed a deadly weapon upon or about his person other than an ordinary pocket knife, or shall knowingly sell a deadly weapon to a minor other than an ordinary pocket knife, such person shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned in the county jail for not less than ten nor more than thirty days, or both at the discretion of the court: Provided, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to the carrying of the usual weapons by policemen and peace officers.




Revised Statutes of the State of Delaware, of Eight Hundred and Fifty-Two. As They Have Since Been Amended, Together with the Additional Laws of a Public and General Nature, Which Have Been Enacted Since the Publication of the Revised Code of Eighteen Fifty-Two. To the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety-Three; to Which are Added the Constitutions of the United States and of this State, the Declaration of Independence, and Appendix Page 987, Image 1048 (1893) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

An Act Providing for the Punishment of Persons Carrying Concealed Deadly Weapons, § 1. That if any person shall carry concealed a deadly weapon upon or about his person other than an ordinary pocket knife, or shall knowingly sell a deadly weapon to a minor other than an ordinary pocket knife, such person shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned in the county jail for not less than ten nor more than thirty days, or both at the discretion of the court: Provided, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to the carrying of the usual weapons by policemen and other peace officers. § 2. That if any person shall, except in lawful self-defense discharge any firearm in any public road in this State, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by fine not exceeding fifty dollars or by imprisonment not exceeding one month, or both at the discretion of the court.




Revised Statutes of the State of Delaware, of Eighteen Hundred and Fifty-two, as They Have since been Amended, Together with the Additional Laws of a Public and General Nature, Which Have been Enacted since the Publication of the Revised Code of Eighteen Fifty-Two, to the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-Four; to Which are Added, the Constitution of the United States and of This State, the Declaration of Independence, and Appendix Page 249, Image 313 (1874) available at The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources.

Laws of Delaware, Town Regulations, § 5. If any person shall discharge a gun, or pistol, within any town, or village, in this State, or within one quarter a mile of the center thereof, or within one hundred yards of a mill-dam, upon which is a public road, he shall forfeit and pay, for the use of the poor of the county, five dollars for each offence; and upon judgment for such forfeiture, the defendant shall be committed to the public jail of the county until it is paid. But this section shall not apply to the discharging a gun, or pistol, on any day of public rejoicing; or where it is authorized by law, or required by necessity.




1871 Del. Law 138, § 17.

. . . it shall be the duty of the said commissioners, bailiff or justice of the peace, to suppress, extinguish and prevent all bonfires in the town, or in any of the streets, lanes or alleys of the said town, and to suppress or prevent the firing of guns, pistols or the letting off of fireworks . . . .




1865 Del. Laws 930, An Act to Prevent the Loading of Gunpowder Within Certain Distances of Railroads, chap. 554, § 1.

That it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to load gunpowder of any kind into cars on any railroad in this State, within one hundred yards of the bed of the regular track used in carrying passengers, and upon conviction of any person engaged in participating in any way in loading or putting gunpowder of any kind into cars standing within one hundred standing within one hundred yards of the regular bed of the railroad engaged in carrying passengers in this State, he shall forfeit and pay to the State a fine of one thousand dollars and be imprisoned for the term of six months, at the discretion of the Court.




1863 Del. Laws 332, An Act in Relation to Free Negroes and Mulattoes, ch. 305, § 7.

. . . That free negroes and free mulattoes are prohibited from owning or having in their possession, a gun, pistol, sword or any other warlike instrument, and any free negro or free mulatto offending against the provisions of this Section shall be fined ten dollars by any Justice of the Peace before whom complaint shall be made, and upon failure to pay the fine and cost he or she shall be committed to prison, and after the expiration of twenty days, if the fine and cost shall not be paid, he or she shall be sold to pay the fine and cost, for any period not exceeding seven years.