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The US state that bans sparklers but not guns 02 Nov 2017 08:14 #4778

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By Owen Amos
BBC News, Delaware

American firework laws may seem strict - but as the UK prepares for Bonfire Night, has the US got the right idea?
In Delaware, you don't need a licence to own a shotgun.
You don't need a permit to buy a shotgun or carry a shotgun.
If you're over 18, and you pass the background check, the state won't interfere with your shotgun.
Sparklers, however, are a different matter.

Guns v Sparklers
"A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state" (Delaware constitution, article 1, section 20)
"No person shall store, sell, offer or expose for sale, or have in possession...any fireworks" (Delaware code, title 16, section 6901)
Unless you have a permit for a public display, it is illegal to sell or possess fireworks in Delaware.
That includes sparklers - which the law specifically mentions.

The maximum fine is $100. Last year, 17 people were arrested in Delaware for fireworks offences.
While the US constitution does uphold the right to bear arms, it doesn't uphold the right to bear roman candles.

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