Category Archives: Action

March For Our Lives – Wilmington, Delaware

Delaware March For Our Lives

  • The march will go from Howard High School to Rodney Square, where there will be a rally to follow.
  • The march will start at 10:00 am and the rally at Rodney Square will begin around 11:00 am and run until around 2:00pm.
  • The rally will include music, informational vendors educating the public on ways we can prevent gun violence in Delaware, and speakers ranging from the students who helped organize the march to some of the sponsors of current gun legislation.

Learn more here about the march in Wilmington, Delaware.

The First Unitarian Church is organizing a bus to downtown
Wilmington for the march. Register here.

DeCAGV Legislative Fund EMERGENCY UPDATE

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.

Support HB 222: Help families protect loved ones in crisis

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.

Click here to send an email directly to your legislator and tell them that Delaware needs HB 222.

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.

For Father’s Day: Get Dad a Tie, Not an Assault Rifle

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According to authorities, Orlando shooter Omar Mateen used the assault-style rifle Sig Sauer MCX to kill at least 49 people. A lawyer for the Newtown, Connecticut, families whose children were also killed with an MCX called the weapon “the gold standard for mass murder.” A federal ban on such weapons was allowed to expire in 2004.

Note: We received this announcement this morning from our friends at Connecticut Against Gun Violence. We call on Delaware gun dealers to voluntarily join this act of dignity and respect for those who were killed last weekend in Orlando—and for all victims of gun violence across the nation—on this year’s Father’s Day.

CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR CALLS ON
GUN SELLERS TO AVOID SEMI-AUTOMATIC WEAPONS SALES ON FATHER’S DAY IN
RECOGNITION OF ORLANDO FAMILY MEMBERS

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy called today for Connecticut gun sellers to voluntarily halt selling semi-automatic weapons this Father’s Day—Sunday, June 19—in recognition of the fathers and parents who lost children in the Orlando tragedy. The AR-15 and the Sig Sauer MCX are illegal in Connecticut, so the Governor is calling on state gun sellers to take a symbolic step of avoiding any semi-automatic weapons sales on Sunday.

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Connecticut Governor Dannel Melloy (wikimedia)

In states in which assault weapon sales are legal, Melloy is calling on gun sellers to avoid selling those firearms—particularly the Sig Sauer MCX and the AR-15—out of respect.

Since enacting commonsense gun violence prevention legislation in 2013, crime in Connecticut is at a nearly 50-year low, and violent crime is dropping faster than in almost any other state in the nation. In the last three years, there have been less than 100 murders in the state—something that has not happened since the 1960s.

The gun law passed by Connecticut in the wake of Sandy Hook is one of the toughest in the nation. It requires all firearm transactions be reported to the state police, complete criminal background checks for purchasing firearms and ammunition, and registration of all banned assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

“I am calling on Connecticut gun sellers to avoid all semi-automatic weapons sales on Father’s Day for one reason. We should show respect, through a symbolic gesture, to those who lost loved ones in Orlando,” Governor Malloy said. “It’s one day—and one day only….

“These guns are weapons of mass destruction. They are specifically designed to kill as many people as possible in the shortest period of time. Shootings with these weapons are an almost daily occurrence nationally, and they will continue unless we act both in Congress and at a state-level with smart gun laws. In the absence of action, at a minimum, individual gun sellers can choose to show respect for those who lost their lives in Orlando, and in particular, as we celebrate Father’s Day, children who have lost their fathers and fathers who have lost their children to gun violence. My heart goes out to the friends and family-members of the victims.”

Yes on HB 325

TELL THE DELAWARE SENATE: PROVIDE ENOUGH TIME FOR BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUN PURCHASES

HB 325, which has already passed the Delaware House, is slated to be considered in the Senate this week. DeCAGV strongly supports this bill. Here’s a Q+A about how HB 325 will close a dangerous loophole in our system.

Download a copy of this document (pdf) and share it with your friends: Yes on 325—DeCAGV

What is the purpose of HB 325?

This bill closes a dangerous loophole in Delaware’s background check system that allows gun sales to proceed by default after just three business days—without a completed federal background check. HB 325 would allow up to 30 days for the completion of a background investigation.

Why is HB 325 needed?

From 2013–2015, 40 individuals who successfully purchased firearms in Delaware were later determined to be prohibited from possessing a gun. This is dangerous. In each case, the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had to put its agents at risk to retrieve the weapons. And this hardly accounts for the risk to the public.

Why is this called the “Charleston Loophole?”

The three-day background check loophole has come to be known as the Charleston Loophole. Last summer nine black churchgoers were killed in Charleston, S.C., during a prayer service. The shooter—who would not have passed a back-ground check—was able to purchase the gun he used after three business days when the federal background check was still incomplete. Nationally, from 2010–2014, gun dealers completed 15,729 gun sales to ineligible people due to the expiration of the three-day period.

Isn’t this a Federal issue?

Despite the fact that the Federal system has been chronically underfunded—and, more recently, overwhelmed by a nationwide surge in gun sales—more than 90 percent of background checks are processed within minutes or hours. Other cases require extra attention precisely because the firearm purchaser has a complicated record of red flags. As reported in The Trace, default-proceed sales are eight times more likely to involve a prohibited purchaser than other background checks. And because Federal legislation to close this loophole is currently unlikely, states have begun to act.

Is HB 325 constitutional?

Since the Supreme Court’s 2008 opinion, DC v. Heller, most courts have held that a gun law violates the Second Amendment only if it does not serve an important or significant government interest, or if the law does not reasonably “fit” that interest. HB 325 easily passes this test. It serves a compelling government interest: preventing firearm possession by convicted felons, the dangerously mentally ill, and other people who cannot pass a background check. And the “fit” between HB 325 and this interest is clearly reasonable, given that it would allow a law-abiding, responsible person to obtain a gun as soon as the background check is completed—and, if the background check cannot be quickly completed, during the period of up to 30 days.