Yesterday, January 20, Senate Bill 19 was passed out of committee. Current law allows Delaware Law Enforcement to sell or auction off seized firearms instead of mandating that they be destroyed. SB 19, sponsored by state Senator Robert Marshall (D-3), removes that choice, providing that only firearms with “historical significance” be donated. Firearms do not have to be “historically significant” to be valuable. Sen. Marshall’s bill could force the destruction of extremely valuable firearms instead of providing an avenue for collectors and the law-abiding public to purchase them from Law Enforcement.
Senate Bill 19 has been sent to the Senate floor and could be heard at any time. It is important that you contact your state Senator and urge him or her to oppose Senate Bill 19 when it comes up for a vote.
As previously reported, Senate Bill 156 was sent to the Delaware Senate floor and scheduled for consideration next week. Your NRA has heard that this radical legislation has been tabled in the Senate and will not be considered at this time.
Under SB 156, the sale, purchase and possession with intent to sell of any ivory or rhinoceros horn is prohibited. Virtually any lawful item containing ivory, except documented antiques and certain musical instruments, would be rendered valueless as it could be a misdemeanor for you to sell the item or for another person to buy it. This bill would harm those who have no part in the illegal activities that this misguided legislation is attempting to prevent; firearm owners, sportsmen, hunters, recreational shooters and gun collectors who have legally purchased firearms (and knives, jewelry and other items) that have incorporated ivory features for decades.