New Gun Safety Laws Proposed in Delaware

New Gun Safety Laws Proposed in Delaware

DOVER, De. – In the shadow of two mass shootings in America, Delaware’s democratic leaders are considering new gun safety measures. "The time has passed, we should have done this long ago. we introduced two of these bills two years ago. There was a little bit of a delay, at that time and then last year of course COVID hit so we weren’t able to get the bills that were introduced in the 150th general assembly," said Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola (D-Newark). Senator Sokola, the primary sponsor behind SB6, is proposing outlawing the sale of large-capacity magazines that hold more than 17 rounds. The bill also aims to create a buyback program, which would give gun owners up until June 30, 2022 to sell their large-capacity magazines back to the state. "Limits for public safety are reasonable, and they have withstood court challenges in other states, and so I believe it’s long past time that we put a limit here. The entire country lived for ten years with a ten round capacity limit – from 1995 to 2005," said Sokola. Also in the Senate, Senate Majority Whip Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman (D-Wilmington) has put forth SB3, which would require people to complete firearm training and obtain a permit before purchasing a handgun. After completing a training course, Delaware residents legally eligible to purchase a handgun would then be required to submit an application to the state Department of Safety and Homeland Security. The department would have 30 days […]

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