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8 total bills, 1 anti-gun bills,
3 pro-gun bills for this session
Proposed Delaware Gun Laws

2013-2014 Session2015-2016 Session2017-2018 Session

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note: Delaware carries over legislation from odd-numbered years to even numbered years without exception

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HB124

Title: An Act To Amend Title 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Weapons.

Description: Importers, manufacturers and dealers of destructive weapons are licensed and regulated under Federal law. Under existing Delaware law, importers, manufacturers and dealers of destructive weapons are not permitted to deliver them to purchasers in Delaware who are otherwise permitted to own such weapons, such as military or police forces. This Bill will permit properly licensed importers, manufacturers and dealers to possess and store destructive weapons in this State and engage in activities associated with the sale and delivery of such weapons to (or from) qualified purchasers.

Last Action: Reported Out of Committee (Public Safety & Homeland Security) in House with 7 On Its Merits

Last Action Date: May 10, 2017

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HB174

Title: An Act To Amend Title 11 Relating To Illegal Purchases Of Firearms.

Description: This Act raises the first offense of purchasing or obtaining a firearm for someone not legally qualified to own, possess or purchase one from a Class F to a Class E Felony. This change is to deter such "straw purchases" by making jail time more likely for the offender, and consequently, to reduce the number of people who cannot legally possess firearms but obtain them in this manner.

Last Action: Reported Out of Committee (Public Safety & Homeland Security) in House with 9 On Its Merits

Last Action Date: June 14, 2017

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HB176

Title: An Act To Amend Title 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Possession Of A Weapon In A Safe School And Recreation Zone.

Description: This bill gives local school boards or charter school boards more discretion on a case by case basis to suspend students for the possession of a deadly weapon other than a firearm in a Safe School or Recreation Zone. This bill is the result of a case in the Brandywine School District.

Last Action: Passed By Senate. Votes: 20 YES 1 ABSENT

Last Action Date: July 2, 2017

this is an anti-gun bill

HB222

Title: An Act To Amend Titles 10 And 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Lethal Violence Protection Orders.

Description: This Act would allow the Superior Court to issue a lethal violence protection order where a family member or a law enforcement officer can show that the respondent poses a danger to self or others by owning, possessing, controlling, purchasing or receiving a firearm. The order would require respondent to refrain from exercising custody or control over firearms during the orders duration. The order would also authorize law enforcement to search for and seize firearms in respondents possession provided petitioner can describe the type and location of said firearm with sufficient particularity. Such an order may be issued at an emergency, ex parte hearing, but a full hearing must then be held within ten days. The burden of proof at the full hearing is clear and convincing evidence. The protective order may last up to one year, and may be renewed upon petition, or terminated early if the respondent can show by clear and convincing evidence that such person is no longer a significant danger to self or others.

Last Action: Introduced and Assigned to House Administration Committee in House

Last Action Date: June 13, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB232

Title: An Act To Amend Titles 11 And 29 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Licensing Of Individuals To Carry Deadly Weapons Concealed.

Description: This Act is designed to centralize and modernize Delawares system for licensing its citizens to carry concealed deadly weapons. The current statutory scheme dates as far back as the Code Revision of 1974 and was not designed to handle the volume of applicants and licensees that are being experienced today, a volume that has at times unfairly overwhelmed both the Courts and the Office of the Attorney General.

Last Action: Assigned to Appropriations Committee in House

Last Action Date: June 27, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

HB234

Title: An Act To Amend Title 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Possession Of Deadly Weapons.

Description: This act clarifies that the felony of Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Prohibited shall not apply to persons who are prohibited from possessing a deadly weapon solely by their possession of a personal use quantity of marijuana, when such possession qualifies as a civil penalty under Title 16. This bill addresses the legal issue in State v. Murray (Del. Super. 2017).

Last Action: Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House

Last Action Date: June 15, 2017

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SB1

Title: An Act To Amend Title 4, Title 7, Title 10, Title 11, Title 14, Title 16, Title 18, Title 19, Title 21, Title 24, Title 25, Title 28, Title 29, Title 30, And Title 31 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Technical Corrections.

Description: In every December in the years 2010 through 2015, the Code Revisors provided the General Assembly with a list of potential technical corrections they identified as they revised the Delaware Code to reflect legislation enacted that year. While technical in nature, these changes are beyond the authority of the Code Revisors to make and can only be done by the General Assembly through legislation. After reviewing the 148 items provided for the years 2010 through 2015, the following changes included in this Act are identified as technical in nature and in need of correction. Of the other 99 items, many had already been corrected, some statutes no longer existed or were subsequently amended so that the correction is no longer necessary, and some would be substantive changes.

Last Action: Signed by Governor

Last Action Date: July 17, 2017

this is an pro-gun bill

SB117

Title: An Act To Amend Title 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Dangerous Weapons.

Description: This bill allows a pellet gun, airbow, and most other air guns to be possessed and utilized for hunting in Delaware, however, it does not change the classification of airbows and higher powered air rifles as firearms. The bill also does not change that possession of weapons such as zip guns and other created weapons are illegal and listed as a dangerous weapon.

Last Action: Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House

Last Action Date: June 21, 2017

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