By Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A group is challenging state regulations that ban firearms in state forests and state parks unless they are being used for hunting.

The Daily Times of Salisbury ( ) reports two sport shooting groups along with some individuals have filed a lawsuit in Chancery Court, challenging those regulations.

Thomas Shellenberger, a spokesman for Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association, one of the plaintiffs, says the restriction amounts to a “blanket prohibition.” The lawsuit says the state regulations forbid the lawful possession of firearms and are inconsistent with the state constitution.

The Bridgeville Rifle & Pistol Club and several individuals are also part of the lawsuit, which was filed by attorney Francis G.X. Pileggi.

Deputy Environmental Secretary Kara Coats says the department intends to file a motion asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit.


Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md.,

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