How Delaware's gun control bills were stopped in their tracks

How Delaware’s gun control bills were stopped in their tracks

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The sheriffs of Worcester and Somerset counties have joined ranks with their Wicomico counterpart on speaking out against proposed state gun laws. Wochit video by Keith Demko, Wochit Weeks after Delaware’s Democrat-controlled legislature opted not to vote on three gun control bills, many are still left wondering what happened. Senate leadership, in defending their decision, has repeatedly cited a lack of support among Democrats. Some have said that the bills need to be amended before they are given a chance to become law. But outside Dover, it’s a different story. Many pro-gun residents credit the decision to a multi-pronged attack from gun owners, gun businesses and union members. It included a growing guns rights group on Facebook flexing its muscles, gun business owners getting more involved, and pro-gun union members threatening to pull campaign dollars from legislators who supported the bills, according to some gun rights advocates and union leaders. Lawmakers, advocates gathered outside Legislative Hall on Wednesday for a rally in support of common-sense legislation that will help reduce gun violence in Delaware. (Photo: Jennifer Corbett, The News Journal) "The union pressure is what finally sealed the deal," said Mitch Denham, leader of the 20,000-strong Facebook group Delaware Gun Rights. "When you’re trying to get elected, it costs money to get elected. The person that writes the check, you kind of have to take care of sometimes." James Maravelias, president of the Delaware Building Construction Trades Council and head of the state AFL-CIO, witnessed the shift in his […]

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