What an incredible weekend. The students who marched in Washington, in Wilmington, in Rehoboth Beach and in hundreds of cities across America showed incredible poise, strength of character and courage in the face of adversity. We could not have been prouder to share the stage with them in Rodney Square this weekend and talk about the legislation moving through the General Assembly this year.
There is still time to speak out in support of these students this weekend. CLICK HERE to send a message to your representatives and tell them you stand with them in the name of common-sense gun reform. #Enough
LAST WEEK LEGISLATIVE RECAP
- Governor Carney, Sen. Townsend and Rep. Longhurst announced legislation (SB 163) that would ban the sale, transfer and possession of assault-style weapons in Delaware. (Read more.)
- HB 330 to raise the legal age for firearm sales passed the House 24-16. It now moves to the Senate, where they will hold a committee meeting this week. (Read more.)
TAKE ACTION NOW
The Beau Biden Gun Violence Protection Act (HB 302) is scheduled to come to the floor of the house on Tuesday. This bill will allow mental health workers to alert law enforcement about patients who have indicated that they intend to harm themselves or others, and gives law enforcement a process to temporarily remove firearms from their possession. NOW is the time to take action. The House will vote THIS TUESDAY.
We have created a quick form that will help you reach out to your representative right now: CLICK HERE. Phone calls are also VERY effective. Your representative’s phone number is also included in this link. Please take two minutes to make your voice heard.
COME TO DOVER: A Senate committee hearing on HB 330 to raise the legal age to purchase firearms is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. This is the time to testify in favor of the bill. We need Delawareans to join us in Dover on Wednesday to speak about why Delaware needs HB 330. (Interested in testifying but want to know more? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Want to know more about the bills? Click on each number for the specific language:
HB 174 • HB 222 • HB 300 • HB 302 • HB 330 • SB 163
The Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence Legislative Fund coordinates with national gun violence prevention groups and local grassroots activists with one goal in mind:
Pass laws in Delaware that make our communities safer.
In the wake of yet another gun tragedy in Parkland, Florida, we hear our friends and neighbors ask: “What can we do?”
Right now, we are working to support three bills in the General Assembly.
This year, we can:
• Make it a crime in Delaware to sell, transfer, buy, receive or possess a trigger crank or bump-stock devices of the type that gunman Stephen Paddock used to kill 58 people and wound 500 more in Las Vegas. (HB 300)
• Limit access to firearms for those who present a danger to themselves or others, while giving our mental health professionals more tools to help patients they believe could harm themselves or others. (HB 302)
• Give families and law enforcement a legal process they can follow to temporarily remove firearms from someone exhibiting signs of being a significant danger to themselves and others. (HB 222)
We need your help. We need your support. We need your voice.
Please join our coalition, follow us on Facebook and watch this newsletter for more information in coming weeks about how you can use your voice to affect real change in Delaware.
Thoughts from Dan Maas, new executive director of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence Educational Fund:
As the nation mourns the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and loved ones – our prayers are with you.
Out of respect to the memory of those lost, we must act to end the cycle of violence in this country. With populations burdened with social and economic hardship, it is our mission to start from the beginning and work our way up — by reinforcing core values, promoting skill development and creating access to opportunities that empower people to rise above.
We honor those who have lost their lives to gun violence with the actions we take in our own communities and our own neighborhoods, with meaningful engagement and support that will nurture the growth of those neighborhoods into true communities and instill hope where it cannot be found.
This opportunity will not always be here. We act now.
Every eight days, someone in Delaware dies of a self-inflicted gunshot.
A new bill in the Delaware Legislature, HB 222 sponsored by Rep. David Bentz, will give families a chance to save the life of a loved one in crisis — by temporarily taking guns out of the equation.
Contact your representative today – and tell them you support this life-saving law.
HB 222, creating a specific legal process for Lethal Violence Protection Orders (LVPO) – similar in concept to domestic violence orders of protection – that will allow family members or law enforcement to go before a judge when a person shows signs of being a danger to themselves or others. Based on evidence presented to the court, a judge can issue a Lethal Violence Protection Order, temporarily prohibiting the person in crisis from possessing or purchasing firearms.
LVPOs are NOT permanent. Respondents may petition to have them lifted after the crisis has passed, and they automatically expire after a year unless a renewal hearing is requested.
Learn more about LVPO legislation here.
Please act now. This important vote could be taken soon. On behalf of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence, thank you for your continued help and action in supporting laws that will reduce gun violence in our state.