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Delaware: Housing Reform Bill Passes House with Anti-Gun Amendment

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Please Contact Your State Senator Today!

On Tuesday, June 22, the Delaware House of Representatives passed House Substitute 1 for House Bill 357 by a vote of 31-9.  The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

HS1 for HB357, sponsored by State Representative John Atkins (D-41) and State Senator Joe Booth (R-19), would prohibit public housing authorities operating within Delaware from regulating, prohibiting or restricting a tenant from lawfully owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Unfortunately, by a vote of 21-19, the House also included an unfriendly amendment.
House Amendment 3, offered by State Representative Melanie George (D-5), still gives public housing authorities the power to regulate possession in common areas. 

Representative George's amendment directly conflicts with the intent of the legislation. For example, a public housing authority may ban possession in a parking lot or lobby, thereby restricting a resident from transporting their firearm from their car to their residence.  NRA is working to strip this amendment in the Senate.

Please contact your State Senator TODAY and respectfully urge them to pass HS1 for HB357 WITHOUT House Amendment 3.  Contact information for your State Senator can be found by clicking
here.
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