This year’s legislative season was successful and extraordinary for gun violence prevention in Delaware – The General Assembly passed four GVP bills, which will go a long way to making the state safer! Thank you to everyone who supported the push for gun violence prevention by calling and emailing legislators and senators as well as by attending the hearings!
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Today, June 27th, Governor John Carney signed HB 222, which is also known as the ‘Red Flag’ law. The law will provide family members and law enforcement with a mechanism to prevent loved ones from obtaining or using firearms, if they can show that the respondent poses a danger to self or others: “This Act would allow the Superior Court to issue a lethal violence protection order where a family member or a law enforcement officer can show that the [potential] [buyer] poses a danger to self or others by owning, possessing, controlling, purchasing or receiving a firearm.”
New Polling: An Overwhelming Majority of Delaware Voters, Including 88 Percent of Gun Owners, Support Lifesaving Red Flag Legislation
Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and the Delaware chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown, today released new polling conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of Everytown. The results indicate that 91 percent of Delawareans, including 88 percent of gun owners, support temporarily prohibiting a person from having guns if they pose a serious threat to themselves or others.
The survey also found that:
- 78 percent of people support prohibiting the sale and possession of bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows a semi-automatic rifle to mimic the firing speed of a fully automatic firearm;
- 74 percent of people support increasing the minimum age for purchasing any gun in Delaware from 18 to 21;
- 73 percent of people support prohibiting the sale and possession of assault weapons; and
- 69 percent of people support prohibiting the sale and possession of high capacity magazines, which allow a shooter to fire more than 10 rounds without reloading.
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Big news from Dover: HB 222 (the “Red Flag” law) establishing Lethal Violence Protection Orders in Delaware passed the House today with unanimous, bipartisan support! The bill now moves now to the Senate. Our thanks to everyone who showed support for this vitally important bill. Read more here.