States United to Prevent Gun Violence is incredibly proud of the hard work and great results of our Delaware affiliate this year!
Below is an update from the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence.
This year’s legislative season was successful and extraordinary for gun violence prevention in Delaware – The General Assembly passed four GVP bills, which will go a long way to making the state safer! Thank you to everyone who supported the push for gun violence prevention by calling and emailing legislators and senators as well as by attending the hearings!
That being said, it is essential that we continue to build on the success and momentum during the summer and into next year!
HB 222 – Red Flag Bill SIGNED!
On June 27th, Governor John Carney signed House Bill 222 into law, which was previously passed unanimously in the Senate, 20 – 0. The legislation, which was sponsored by Rep. David Bentz, will allow a court to issue a Lethal Violence Protection Order if a family member or law enforcement officer can show that the person in question poses a danger to self or others by owning, possessing, controlling, purchasing or receiving a firearm. Read more about the bill signing here and watch the video here.
Recap of Other 2018 GVP Laws
In addition to HB 222, Delaware was successful in passing HB 300, which bans bump stocks and other devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire at a fast rate.
HB 302, also known as the Beau Biden Violence Prevention Act was a bipartisan effort, which will restrict access to firearms for those who mental health professionals believe present a danger to themselves or others. Watch the video of the bill signing.
HB 174, which was passed unanimously in the legislature, strengthens penalties for illegal purchases of firearms, and in turn, deters ‘straw purchases’ by individuals who are unable to legally buy firearms.