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Delaware: Gun-Free Zone Expansion Bills Advance to House Floor

Friday, June 9, 2023

Delaware: Gun-Free Zone Expansion Bills Advance to House Floor

On June 7th, the House Administration Committee heard and passed House Bills 201 and 202, to increase arbitrary boundaries in which law-abiding citizens are left defenseless. They are now eligible for votes on the House floor. Please contact your state representative and ask them to oppose HB 201 and HB 202.


House Bill 201 prohibits possessing firearms within 1000 feet of private and public school properties, with exemptions for carry permit holders having firearms in vehicles and for firearms possessed on private property not a part of school properties, used in lawful sporting activities or instruction, and in locked containers or racks in vehicles.

House Bill 202 prohibits possessing firearms at polling places, including ballot drop off locations, from two hours before polls open, to two hours after polls close on an “Election Day,” which includes early voting days.

Neither of these bills require authorities to provide any security measures for disarmed citizens in these locations, such as a police presence, fences, or staffed metal detectors, in order to prevent armed criminals from ignoring the law and entering. They also do not require authorities to clearly demarcate these areas, which can result in otherwise law-abiding citizens being unaware that they are entering one of these “gun-free zones” where they must disarm.

Again, please contact your state representative and ask them to OPPOSE House Bills 201 and 202.


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