Del. leaders announce gun safety package
DELAWARE – Governor John Carney, along with Senate and House Democratic Leadership, announced on Thursday their commitment to advance multiple gun safety bills before the General Assembly adjourns at the end of this month.
The package of gun safety legislation includes the following:
- HB 450- Banning the sale of assault weapons
- SB 6 – Limiting high-capacity magazines
- HB 451 – Raising the age to purchase most firearms from 18 to 21
- HB 423 – Strengthening background checks by reinstituting the Firearm Transaction Approval Program (FTAP)
- Holding gun manufacturers and dealers liable for reckless or negligent actions that lead to gun violence (not yet introduced)
- Banning the use of devices that convert handguns into fully automatic weapons (not yet introduced)
We’re told HB 450 and 451 will be heard in the House Administration Committee on Wednesday, June 8th. If HB 450 is released from committee, it will be heard on the House floor on Thursday, June 9th. Senate will consider HB 450 and 451 directly following House passage. The remainder of the package will be considered by both chambers before the end of June.
“We have an obligation to do everything we can to prevent tragedies like we’ve seen across the country from happening here in Delaware,” said Governor Carney. “This is a historic, meaningful package of legislation and I look forward to seeing these bills on my desk this session.”
“Last week, an 18-year-old legally purchased a military-style semi-automatic rifle and used it days later to murder 19 elementary school students and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas. Ten days earlier, an 18-year-old used a legally purchased semi-automatic rifle to kill 10 people at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y. The incidents have reignited discussions across the nation about gun safety and calls for legislative action to prevent future tragedies, and we are answering that call,” said House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst and Majority Whip Larry Mitchell. “Taken together, these bills will have a significant and meaningful impact in combating gun violence and preventing future tragedies from happening in Delaware. While we can’t change the past, we can learn from it and try to prevent it from happening here. We are committed to passing strong firearm legislation that will make our communities safer.”