Governor Jack Markell signed legislation June 11 making Delaware the eighth state to require that gun owners report lost or stolen weapons to police.
Senate 16 Bill will require gun owners to report the loss or theft of their firearm to police within seven days of discovering the weapon is missing. According to the Delaware Criminal Justice Information System, police have arrested more than 6,000 people in Delaware for illegal possession of a firearm since 2009.
Violators will be subject to a fine of $75-$100 for a first offense and a fine of $100-$250 for a second offense. A third offense is a class G felony.
“Finally, we have given our law enforcement officers a useful and practical tool to address a dangerous practice that has allowed firearms to get into the wrong hands,” said Markell. “Combined with our efforts to require background checks for private sales, we have made great strides this year toward making our communities safer.”