DOVER — Delaware gun owners will be legally obligated to report lost or stolen firearms under legislation that passed the General Assembly May 14.
In a narrow vote of 22-19, representatives approved Senate Bill 16; senators approved the bill 11-10, May 2. Gov. Jack Markell has pledged to sign SB 16 into law in the near future.
The measure requires gun owners to report the loss or theft of a firearm to police within seven days of discovering the weapon is missing. Violators will be subject to a fine of up to $100 for a first offense and up to $250 for a second offense. A third offense will be considered a felony.