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Delaware: Senate Committee to Hear Two Anti-Gun Bills

Monday, May 12, 2014

Last week, the Delaware House of Representatives passed House Bill 72 by a 22 to 17 vote.  Sponsored by state Representative John L. Mitchell, Jr. (D-13), HB 72 would impose a one-year mandatory prison sentence for anyone convicted of carrying a firearm without a permit.  While this legislation contains exceptions for persons with permits to carry concealed firearms, and for those persons whose permits are being renewed, it does not cover those individuals who are initially applying for a carry permit.  Delaware is not a “shall issue” state, so many people who need and would like concealed carry permits to comply with the law are unable to obtain them.  Current Delaware law provides that the carrying of a firearm without a permit is a felony, however, the courts are now able to exercise discretion in sentencing for such a victimless “crime,” allowing for circumstance – but this bill would prohibit that discretion.  HB 72 could be heard in Senate Judiciary Committee as early as this Wednesday.

As reported last week, Senate Bill 137 sponsored by anti-gun state Senator Harris McDowell (D-1) has been officially filed.  SB 137 would prohibit the manufacture, sale, transfer or possession of a firearm, firearm component or accessory, including ammunition, which is “undetectable” by standard metal detectors.  SB 137 would go far beyond existing federal law banning undetectable firearms, and because of flaws in the definitions used in this bill, has the potential to ban possession of virtually ALL magazines and ALL modern cartridge ammunition.  SB 137 could be heard in the Senate Public Safety Committee as early as this Wednesday.

It is critical that you contact your state Senator TODAY and respectfully urge him or her to OPPOSE HB 72 and SB 137 when they come up for a vote.  Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.  Also, please contact members of the following Senate committees to express your opposition to these anti-gun bills.

  

Senate Judiciary Committee (OPPOSE House Bill 72):
 
Senator Margaret Rose Henry (D-2), Chairman
(302) 744-4191
MargaretRose.Henry@state.de.us

 
Senator Patricia M. Blevins (D-7)
(302) 744-4133
Patricia.Blevins@state.de.us

 
Senator Gregory F. Lavelle (R-4)
(302) 744-4048
greg.lavelle@state.de.us

 
Senator Harris B. McDowell III (D-1)
(302) 744-4147
Harris.McDowell@state.de.us

 
Senator F. Gary Simpson (R-18)
(302) 744-4134
gsimpson@udel.edu

 
Senator Bryan Townsend (D-11)
(302) 744-4165
Bryan.Townsend@state.de.us

 
 
Senate Public Safety Committee (OPPOSE Senate Bill 137):
 
Senator Robert I. Marshall (D-3), Chairman
(302) 744-4168
robert.marshall@state.de.us

 
Senator Brian J. Bushweller (D-17)
(302) 744-4162
brian.bushweller@state.de.us

 
Senator David G. Lawson (R-15)
(302) 744-4237
Dave.Lawson@state.de.us

 
Senator David B. McBride (D-13)
(302) 744-4167
David.McBride@state.de.us

 
Senator Brian Pettyjohn (R-19)
(302) 744-4048
Brian.Pettyjohn@state.de.us

 
Senator Bryan Townsend (D-11)
(302) 744-4165
Bryan.Townsend@state.de.us

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