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Delaware: Your Action Needed! Two Anti-Gun Bills Awaiting House Vote

Friday, May 31, 2013

The General Assembly has been in recess, but will reconvene in Dover next Tuesday, June 4.  Two anti-gun measures are eligible for consideration by the House, and could be voted on as soon as next week.  Contact your state Representative and urge his or her opposition to House Bill 58 and House Bill 67!

  • House Bill 58, sponsored by state Representative John Mitchell Jr. (D-13), would prohibit the manufacture, sale, purchase, transfer or delivery of magazines with the capacity to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition.  Millions of rifles and tens of millions of handguns designed for self-defense and target shooting by law-abiding citizens use magazines that hold more than ten rounds.  If you need a gun for self-defense, should the government dictate how many rounds of ammunition you are allowed to use while defending yourself or another?  The answer is NO!  This type of proposed law has been proven ineffective at reducing violent crime, only affects responsible gun owners and must be stopped.  To get the facts on magazine capacity limits, click here.
  • House Bill 67, sponsored by Representative Darryl M. Scott (D-31), would create a "gun-free zone" around ALL school property – including vehicles and property owned, used, or rented by any public or private school.  This legislation will put firearm owners and concealed carry permittees at risk of arrest and felony prosecution by creating an un-navigable maze of legal technicalities and “gotcha” laws.

This overreaching bill fails to address any current crime problem, or ensure the safety of children.  Instead, it makes criminals out of legal gun owners who, for example, may just happen to be taking a walk in a park that the school has decided to rent for the day.  In this example, even if the person was unaware that this park where they walk every day was being used by the school - without warning - and the person was on the other side of the park where they could not reasonably be presumed to know that a school event was going on, they would still be subject to arrest and felony prosecution and would have no defense under this proposed law.

The ways in which House Bills 58 and 67 will negatively affect law-abiding concealed carry permit holders, gun owners and sportsmen in Delaware are immense.  It is clear that neither piece of legislation attempts to improve the safety of anyone – but are just politically motivated attacks on gun owners.  Call your state Representative immediately and demand their vote against HB 58 and HB 67.  Insist that your state lawmakers instead devote their efforts and resources to crafting laws that address actual crime problems - not laws that merely lay traps for unsuspecting and lawful gun owners.

Contact information for your state Representative can be found here.

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