“Delaware is an open carry state,” opencarry.org reports. “Those doing so should be aware that any local ordinances that were in effect at the time that preemption was passed (July 4, 1985) are still in effect and are NOT preempted.” So The Blue Hen State is open carry — except where it isn’t. (Good luck finding a list of towns that ban the practice.) As whyy.com reports, the state’s Supreme Court has applied the same sort of formula to carrying in a state park . . .
The interim rules come just a few weeks after the state Supreme Court ruled that a decades-old ban on guns in Delaware parks violates the state’s constitutional right “to keep and bear arms.”
But armed visitors won’t be allowed in park offices, visitor centers, nature centers and group camping areas — unless they are licensed to carry a concealed deadly weapon.
“A risk of harm from gunfire would be presented in these and other areas where large numbers of visitors gather, including families and children,” according to the order issued by Carney administration officials.
In other areas of the parks, anyone not prohibited from carrying a gun is free to carry their weapons.
So Diamond State residents can now carry a firearm — without a permit — on their own property, private property (with the owner’s consent) and in the wilds of a state park — and nowhere else.
However, if the “may issue” First State deigns to recognize a resident’s natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms with a government-issued, taxpayer-funded permission slip, the permitted resident can carry in state park offices, visitor centers, nature centers and group camping areas.
Open carry as well? I guess that depends on whether or not the state park in question banned the practice before Independence Day, 1985. Like, Elsmere’s town park [above], that continues to ban open or concealed carry, permitted or not.
And just so you know, Wilmington bans short-barreled rifles SBRs within city limits, regardless of any federally issued tax stamp for same.
All of which reminds us of one simple fact: there’s nothing simple about gun control laws. Except that they are all a danger to liberty and clearly, irredeemably unconstitutional.