Delaware Gun Control Bills

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April 23, 2018, 03:29 PM
Delaware Gun Control Bills
In Delaware we have the following bills being debated.

SB-163 aka Assault Rifle Ban
The Act prohibits the manufacture, sale, offer to sell, transfer, purchase, receipt, possession, or transport of assault rifles in Delaware, subject to certain exceptions.

HB-300 aka Bump-Stock Ban
Currently passed in House, passed in Senate after amendments, awaiting House re-consideration.
This bill makes it a crime to sell, transfer, buy, receive or possess a trigger crank or bump-fire device designed to accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle, making such weapon function like an automatic weapon.

HB-302, now HS-1 for HB-302 - aka Mental Health Gun Confiscation
Currently passed in House, awaiting Senate Judicial & Community Affairs Committee
This bill prohibits persons involuntarily committed for a mental disorder, has been found not guilty by reason of insanity or guilty but mentally ill or found mentally incompetent to stand trial for a crime of violence from purchasing, owning, possessing, or controlling a deadly weapon or ammunition for a firearm within the State. It provides a process for obtaining a court order that the individual relinquish any firearms or ammunition owned, possessed, or controlled by the individual as well as an appeal process.

HB-330 aka Raise the Age
Currently passed in the House, awaiting Senate Judicial & Community Affairs Committee
The bill changes the age of a person to whom another person can sell, give or transfer a firearm or ammunition for a firearm from 18 to 21, with listed exceptions.

HB-343 aka Terrorist Watchlist Prohibition
Currently assigned to House Administration Committee in House
The bill prohibits a person named on the federal terrorist watchlist from purchasing, owning, possessing or controlling a deadly weapon or ammunition for a firearm within the State

HB-366 aka Safe Storage of Firearms
Currently assigned to House Judicial Committee
This Act revises the crime of "unlawfully permitting a child access to a firearm," an existing class A misdemeanor under Delaware law. The offense is renamed "unsafe storage of a firearm" to place emphasis on firearm safety and proper storage. Under the revised statute, a crime is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly stores or leaves a loaded firearm where a minor or other person prohibited by law, or "unauthorized person," can access the firearm, and the unauthorized person obtains the firearm. The unauthorized person's use of the firearm to inflict serious physical injury or death is not an element of the offense, but is an aggravating factor. For the purpose of the offense, "stores and leaves" does not include when a firearm is carried by or under the control of the owner or another lawfully-authorized user

HB-375 aka Magazine Ban
Currently assigned to the House Judiciary Committee
This bill prohibits the sale, manufacture, purchase, transfer, or delivery of large-capacity magazines, which are defined as ammunition feeding devices which the capacity to accept more than 10 rounds.

U.S. Navy
SACLANT 1997-1999
VF-213 1999-2001
April 23, 2018, 03:38 PM
The Rep that sponsored the Magazine Ban is a retired police officer. When asked why retired police are exempt from the ban he wrote,

"Retired law enforcement officers are still required to go through the same yearly background check, and are also required to satisfactorily pass an intense firearm qualification yearly with standards required by the Council on Police Training. Essentially, they have the same standards as active law enforcement officers. I would also like to point out that law enforcement officers have arrested many people, and some of those people still carry grudges once they are released from correctional facilities.

I hope this explains my perspective on the issue. "

U.S. Navy
SACLANT 1997-1999
VF-213 1999-2001