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March 26, 2024

What is a lethal violence protective order?

A lethal violence protective order is an order issued by a Justice of the Peace Court or a Superior Court that keeps a person (the “respondent”) from doing any of the following with a firearm:

  • controlling;
  • owning;
  • buying;
  • having;
  • having access to; or
  • receiving.1

The purpose of a lethal violence protective order is to keep the respondent from hurting him/herself or others with a firearm.2

1 10 Del. Code § 7701(3)
2 10 Del. Code § 7701(6)