Democrats propose stricter gun control measures in Delaware

Democrats propose stricter gun control measures in Delaware

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Delaware legislature returns to Dover Jason N Minto, The News Journal Democratic lawmakers are doubling down on efforts to enact stricter gun control measures in Delaware after similar attempts failed last year. In addition to resurrecting proposed bans on certain firearms and ammunition magazines, Democrats also are proposing a new bill requiring anyone who wants to buy a gun in Delaware to obtain permission in advance from state officials. Under draft legislation expected to be introduced as soon as Wednesday, any Delawarean wanting to buy a firearm would first have to obtain a state-issued "purchaser card," which would require being fingerprinted and taking an approved firearms training course. Gun dealers, meanwhile, would be required to submit information on every gun sold and every gun purchaser for entry into a new state database. The Democrats also have resurrected and strengthened a proposed ban on certain semiautomatic weapons that gun control advocates describe as "assault weapons" and a proposed ban on "large capacity" magazines. Background: The ban on military-style semiautomatic rifles, also known as modern sporting rifles, is once again being sponsored by Sen. Bryan Townsend, a Democrat from Newark. Townsend sponsored similar legislation last year that failed to get out of committee, then was the subject of a failed effort to suspend Senate rules and bring it up for a floor vote. As with last year’s bill, a draft of the revised legislation identifies dozens of "assault long guns" and "assault pistols" that would be banned, with violators subject to […]

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