Gun laws

Carney admin hit with another lawsuit over new gun bans

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware’s top Second Amendment advocacy group has filed a lawsuit challenging new legislation that forbids 18, 19 and 20-year-olds from purchasing and owning most firearms.  The law is one of several passed by the General Assembly at the end of the last legislative session — and one of many being challenged in courts due to questions surrounding their constitutionality.  Other …

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Sportsmen object to Jennings’ backing of gun purchase code

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The leader of Delaware’s largest firearm advocacy group says a letter penned by the state’s attorney general Monday is just another example of her desire to go after Delawareans’ guns.  “There are certain people who just do not feel that everybody has the right to own a gun,” said Jeff Hague, president of the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association. “This is …

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Federal judge partially halts Delaware ‘ghost gun’ ban

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A federal judge on Friday granted a preliminary injunction partially halting Delaware’s enforcement of its new “ghost gun” ban. “Ghost guns” refer to privately manufactured firearms, often assembled with various parts purchased online or created with 3D printers. The guns do not have serial numbers and are untraceable. The decision marks the first-ever federal Second Amendment decision upholding the right …

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State gun groups sue over semi-automatic gun ban

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association and three other firearm advocacy groups have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to halt a new law that bans semi-automatic firearms in the First State. “On June 30, 2022, Governor John Carney signed House Bill 450 into law, effectively and immediately banning a long list of commonly owned rifles, shotguns and pistols, pejoratively and inaccurately …

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Carney to sign gun bills today

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Democratic Gov. John Carney will sign multiple gun control bills Thursday. The gun bills will ban the sale of assault weapons, raise the age from 18 to 21 to purchase most firearms, return background checks to state control, ban high-capacity magazines, open up the potential for lawsuits against gun manufacturers and dealers for gun violence, and ban the use of devices …

House Bill 276 would allow medical marijuana patients to legally purchase firearms.

Bill OKing medical marijuana patients owning guns heads to Senate floor

Jarek Rutz Delaware Live, Government, Headlines

A bill that would allow medical marijuana patients to obtain a firearm will head to the Senate floor. The bill, which passed the House on June 14, continued to draw strong public support before it was passed 6-0 by the Senate Health and Social Services Committee Wednesday. Under House Bill 276, a patient registered in Delaware’s medical marijuana program would …

Leg Hall

Committee OKs bill to allow more lawsuits against gun makers, sellers

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A bill to allow Delawareans to sue firearm industry members for negligence that leads to gun violence was released from the House Administration Committee Wednesday.  Senate Bill 302, sponsored by Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Glasgow, provides a cause of action for “firearm manufacturers and retail dealers to be held accountable when they knowingly or recklessly take actions that endanger the health …

6 gun bills expected to earn Delaware Gov. John Carney's signature.

What’s going on with Delaware’s gun bills?

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware’s Democrat-controlled General Assembly has taken swift action to impose gun control measures in the wake of mass shootings in Buffalo, N.Y. and Uvalde, Texas.  The bills aim to amend the state’s background check system, ban semi-automatic firearms, Glock switches and large-capacity magazines, prevent individuals under the age of 21 from accessing guns, and allow lawsuits against firearm industry members …

Leg Hall

House votes to ban most guns for citizens under 21

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delawareans under the age of 21 would be prohibited from purchasing, owning, possessing or controlling a firearm or ammunition under a bill passed by the House of Representatives Tuesday. The move comes just days after the House voted to ban most semi-automatic firearms. Exceptions include if the person is an active member of the armed forces or a qualified law-enforcement …

School Safety Lawmakers

GOP lawmakers: Invest in school safety, not gun control

Charles Megginson Headlines, Government

When a wave of mass shootings prompted Democrats in Delaware’s state legislature to introduce a package of sweeping gun restrictions, Republicans responded with a proposal of their own: invest more in school safety. House Bill 388, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Hensley, R-Odessa, would allow school districts, vocational-technical schools and charter schools to use money from the Delaware School Safety and …