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No Gun Bill From Delaware Lawmakers This Year


Dover, Del. (AP)- Support for strict gun control measures proposed by fellow Democrats is "almost non-existent."

That’s according to the leader of Delaware's Senate yesterday who declared that the measures will not be coming out of a committee he leads.

The statement by Senate President Pro Tem David McBride comes after a committee hearing last week in which critics blasted the proposals as unconstitutional restrictions on gun ownership that would do nothing to address gun crime in Delaware.

Under one bill, any Delawarean wanting to buy a firearm would first have to obtain permission from the government in the form of a state-issued "purchaser card,"

They would be required to be fingerprinted and take an approved firearms training course.

In addition, gun dealers would be required to submit information on every gun sold and every gun purchaser for entry into a new state database.

Democrats also resurrected proposals introduced last year to ban certain semiautomatic weapons that gun-control advocates describe as "assault weapons," as well as "large capacity" magazines.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.