DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill expanding criminal background checks on gun purchases in Delaware to include most transactions between private sellers and buyers is headed toward a final vote in the legislature.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to send the bill to the full Senate for a vote. The measure, part of a package of gun-control proposals by Democratic Gov. Jack Markell, cleared the House last month.
Among those who testified Wednesday in support of the bill was former astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords was critically injured in a 2011 shooting in Tucson that left six people dead and 13 others, including Giffords, wounded.
Opponents say criminals will ignore an expanded background check system, just as they ignore current laws prohibiting certain people from possessing firearms.
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