Yesterday, the Delaware Senate passed Senate Bill 25 by a 14 to 7 vote. SB 25 would give your hard-earned tax dollars to police and community groups to implement a gun buy-back program. This legislation is nothing more then an expensive solution in search of a problem. While proponents of this bill claim it will reduce crime in Delaware, it will only serve as another drain on taxpayer money that could be better used by police to enforce current law. The average person who voluntarily surrenders a firearm to police is not a criminal and the firearms surrendered are not those misused by criminals.
Senate Bill 25, sponsored by state Senator Robert Marshall (D-3), seeks to create the Community Firearm Recovery Program, a pilot program that will use state appropriated funds for local municipal police, the New Castle County Police and the Delaware State Police to purchase surrendered firearms. Senate Bill 25 lacks fiscal accountability and opens the door to potential misappropriation of funds, while in no way deterring crime.
Please contact your state Representative immediately and respectfully urge him or her oppose Senate Bill 25. To locate your state Representative and his or her contact information, please click here.