[HISTORY: Adopted by the County Council of Sussex County 10-31-2017 by Ord. No. 2529. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Possession of firearms prohibited. Except as set forth in Subsection E below, possession of firearms, ammunition, components of firearms, or explosives is prohibited in all County buildings. Persons in violation shall be denied entrance to the building or shall be ordered to leave the building.
County building defined. For purposes of this section, "County buildings" shall be defined as any building where a County government entity meets in its official capacity or containing the offices of elected officials and of public employees actively engaged in performing governmental business, but excluding any parking facility; provided, however, that if such building is not a County-owned or -leased building, such building shall be considered a County building for the purposes of this section only during the time such government entity is meeting in or occupying such a building.
Required signs. In all County buildings, a conspicuous sign shall be posted at each entrance stating that the possession of firearms, ammunition, components of firearms, or explosives are prohibited. Such sign may also state that persons in violation shall be denied entrance to the building or shall be ordered to leave the building.
Immediate departure. Any person who immediately foregoes entry or immediately exits any County building due to the possession of a firearm, ammunition, components of firearms, or explosives shall not be guilty of violating this section.
Exceptions. The following shall constitute valid exceptions to this section:
Possession of firearms, components of firearms, and ammunition or explosives by law enforcement officers;
Law enforcement agencies receiving shipments or delivery of firearms, components of firearms, ammunition, or explosives;
Law enforcement agencies conducting firearm or ammunition safety and training programs, donation, amnesty, or any other similar programs in County buildings;
Compliance by persons subject to protection from abuse court orders;
Carrying of firearms and ammunition by persons who hold a valid license pursuant to either § 1441 or § 1441A of Title 11 of the Delaware Code so long as the firearm remains concealed except for inadvertent display or for self-defense or defense of others;
Carrying of firearms and ammunition by officers or employees of the United States duly authorized to carry a concealed firearm; or
Carrying of firearms and ammunition by agents, messengers and other employees of common carriers, banks, or business firms, whose duties require them to protect moneys, valuables and other property and are engaged in the lawful execution of such duties.