Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN Legal & Legislation

Delaware: NRA-Backed Bill Passes the State House, While Consideration of Two Anti-Gun Bills Stalled

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Earlier today, Senate Bill 39 was temporarily tabled in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  This legislation, would ban all private sales at gun shows in Delaware in an attempt to close the mythical “gun show loophole.”  Yesterday in the state House of Representatives two Second Amendment-related bills were considered, with House Bill 48 passing and House Bill 46 being tabled. 

Senate Bill 39, although introduced by state Senator Harris McDowell (D-1), is part of Governor Jack Markell’s anti-gun agenda and a perfect example of a misguided effort that will only hurt law-abiding gun owners.  This legislation would do nothing to combat crime as criminals would continue to procure firearms illegally, while everyday residents would be faced with another unnecessary hurdle in exercising their Second Amendment rights.  According to government affairs studies, only one to two percent of firearms misused by criminals came from gun shows.

House Bill 48 was passed by a 39 to 1 vote and will now be sent to the state Senate for committee assignment.  Sponsored by state Representative Valarie Longhurst (D-15), HB 48 would require the state to provide mental health information to the NICS database if the individual as a result of a mental health adjudication is prohibited from possessing a firearm. HB 48 would also provide a relief-from-disabilities process that would allow an individual to restore their firearm rights.

In addition to conforming Delaware law to the NICS Improvement Amendment Act passed by Congress in 2007, House Bill 48 will also repeal Delaware’s Instant Check system for firearm purchases and move all background checks to the National Instant Check (NICS). NICS took effect in 1998 thereby rendering Delaware’s Instant Check obsolete and redundant for Delaware's firearm purchasers and taxpayers.

House Bill 46 was tabled after the adoption of an amendment viewed unfavorable by the bill’s sponsor, however this legislation is still alive and could actually come up again as early as tomorrow.  Sponsored by state Representative Dennis P. Williams (D-1), HB 46 would amend the current law and permit law enforcement to dispose of any firearm and ammunition seized if not claimed within sixty days of a certified letter sent to one’s last known address. This legislation was amended on the state House floor yesterday to provide the owner of the seized firearm due process, should their initial claim be denied by law enforcement. It would establish a procedure under which they could petition the court for the return of their lawful property prior to its permanent disposal. 

The clear absence of this basic right and the tabling of this legislation by its sponsor after the amendments adoption, made it clear that the true intent of this bill is to simply destroy as many firearms as possible and in no way combat crime.  While the NRA supported the adoption of this amendment, we still oppose HB 46.

Please continue contacting your state Senator TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to OPPOSE Senate Bill 39.  Also, please contact your state Representative and continue to urge him or her to OPPOSE any version House Bill 46.  To locate your state legislators and their contact information, please click here.

TRENDING NOW
Another Week, Another Democrat Presidential Contender Out to Round Up America's Guns

News  

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Another Week, Another Democrat Presidential Contender Out to Round Up America's Guns

A smart person learns from his mistakes. An even smarter person learns from the mistakes of others.  Beto O’Rourke, an unemployed Texan running for president, must not be too smart.           

Monday, August 19, 2019

Florida Alert! "Assault Weapons" Ban Amendment Bans ALL SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS

The so-called "assault weapons" ban that is proposed for a constitutional amendment to be on the 2020 Election Ballot bans the possession of: “any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun CAPABLE of holding more than ten (10) rounds ...

No, Joe, Your Gun Ban Didn’t Work

News  

Sunday, August 18, 2019

No, Joe, Your Gun Ban Didn’t Work

Joe Biden has been out on the primary campaign trail working hard. Maybe a little too hard. “We got to let them know who we are,” he recently told a crowd of supporters at the Iowa State ...

Amnesty International’s Desperate Measure

News  

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Amnesty International’s Desperate Measure

There are some odd dynamics in international relations. Countries in which people are not free serve on the UN Human Rights Council. Political considerations guide every action.  Of course, the NRA is a single-issue organization so ...

NRA Member Berated for Carrying Firearm

News  

Friday, August 2, 2019

NRA Member Berated for Carrying Firearm

NRA member Darrell Kennedy was on vacation with his family at Yellowstone National Park earlier this month when an anti-gun vacationer snapped a photo of his holstered firearm and tweeted out a hate message. “Sat ...

Sparking Dialogue or Sparking Joy: Competing Views on Gun “Buyback” Initiatives

News  

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sparking Dialogue or Sparking Joy: Competing Views on Gun “Buyback” Initiatives

The Christian Science Monitor describes itself as “an independent international news organization” that wants to “help you to see news events as starting points for constructive conversations.” Its editorial board recently published an article, A seed for society’s ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Bill Clinton Touts Failed Gun Ban With Bogus Info

News  

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Bill Clinton Touts Failed Gun Ban With Bogus Info

Bill and Hillary Clinton just don’t draw like they used to. Shunned by much of his own party, (described by one Vanity Fair commentator as “2020’s bubonic plague”) the former president has been relegated to providing lazy ...

California: Appropriations Committees Send Bills to the Suspense File

Thursday, August 15, 2019

California: Appropriations Committees Send Bills to the Suspense File

On Monday, August 12, the Senate Appropriations Committee sent AB 1254 to the suspense file and rescheduled AB 1669 to be heard next Monday, August 19. On Wednesday, August 14, the Assembly Appropriations Committee sent SB 172 ...

Tell Your U.S. Senators and Representative to Oppose Gun Control

News  

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Tell Your U.S. Senators and Representative to Oppose Gun Control

In the wake of the recent two criminal mass attacks, a number of gun control proposals have begun to circulate in our nation’s capital. None of these proposals would have prevented the recent tragedies, but they all ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.