DOVER, Del. - Senator Brian Pettyjohn has reportedly announced legislation intended to keep Delaware citizens safer.
According to reports, Senator Pettyjohn's bill expands the crime of possession and purchase of deadly weapons by persons prohibited, to include perpetrators of violent crimes who have been found not guilty by reason of insanity, guilty but mentally ill, or mentally incompetent to stand trial, including juveniles who fall into those categories. This language was reportedly included in House Bill 88, which officially died in the Senate earlier this week.
Senator Pettyjohn is making sure the public realizes this legislation is not a "mental health" bill, but rather a "public safety" bill. Officials say the bill is co-prime sponsored by Rep. Ruth Briggs King and is currently circulating the General Assembly for co-sponsorship.