Tomorrow, the House Administration Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 222. This legislation is a woeful violation of individuals’ right to due process in Delaware. It is important that you contact your state Representative and immediately urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 222.
House Bill 222 would allow an individual’s family members or law enforcement to petition the court for an ex parte restraining order if they consider the individual to be a danger to themselves or others simply because the individual owns, possesses or purchases a firearm. Under this bill, an ex parte order would be issued by a judge based solely on a brief, unsubstantiated affidavit made by a petitioner and absent any input made by the individual on which the order is targeted. If enacted, this legislation would require the respondent to transfer or relinquish their firearms, or show proof that their firearms are inaccessible. If requested, all firearms would be immediately seized by law enforcement. This legislation is ripe for abuse by individuals that disagree with the Second Amendment, and the mere insinuation that gun ownership makes you a danger to yourself or others is offensive and insulting.
Again, please contact your state Representative and immediately urge them to OPPOSE House Bill 222.