Del. gun bills trigger rallies for and against gun legislation

DOVER, Del. – Protestors and supporters stacked up outside of Legislative Hall, all triggered by a set of gun bills presented Tuesday in the first state.

Delaware Gun Rights had about 600 people in attendance speaking out against another rally going on simultaneously. Another rally was in support of legislation that would reduce gun violence and they could barely hear their own press conference due to the rowdy group there to oppose them.

But no matter who was louder, both parties had a lot to say when it came to the trio of bills presented, SB 68, 69, and 70.

  • Senate Bill 68 would ban the sale of about 60 specific assault-style weapons, including AK-47s, AR-15s and UZIs. The legislation would grandfather existing weapons and protect their owners from being misidentified as law breakers while placing restrictions on the transportation and use of those weapons. The bill also would exclude police and military personnel.
  • Senate Bill 70 would outlaw the sale of high-capacity magazines, defined as any ammunition feeding device capable of holding more than 15 rounds. The bill also would create a buyback program and give Delaware gun owners until June 30, 2020, to relinquish their high-capacity magazines.
  • Senate Bill 69 would require prospective gun buyers to obtain a permit from the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security before they can legally purchase a firearm, mirroring a system now in place in New Jersey and at least three other states.

47 ABC heard both sides, those for it and against it. But despite what side you are on, both wanted their voices heard and believe they are protecting their future loved ones.

The trio of bills will be assigned to an executive committee. From there, it will be reviewed, before it hits the Senate floor for a debate and a vote.

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