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16 total bills, 9 anti-gun bills,
3 pro-gun bills for this session
Proposed Delaware Firearm Legislation

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

this is an anti-gun bill

HB55

Title: An Act To Amend Title 16 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Gun Shop Project.

Description: In 2009, New Hampshire was the first state to develop a statewide "Gun Shop Project," reaching out to gun shops regarding the role they can play in suicide prevention. In the years since, at least 21 other states have implemented similar campaigns. This Act establishes the Delaware Gun Shop Project.

Last Action: Signed by Governor

Last Action Date: June 3, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

HB67

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

Description: This bill closes a loophole in existing Delaware law by making it a crime for a person who is not otherwise legally eligible to own, possess, or purchase a firearm or ammunition to attempt to obtain same through fraud, deceit, or deception.

Last Action: Reported Out of Committee (Judiciary) in House with 3 Favorable, 6 On Its Merits

Last Action Date: March 23, 2021

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HB124

Title: An Act To Amend Title 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Possession Or Purchase Of Deadly Weapons By Persons Prohibited.

Description: This Act prohibits a person who is the subject of a Protection from Abuse Order of the Family Court and who knows or has reason to know, that the Order has been issued from purchasing, owning, possessing, or controlling a deadly weapon or ammunition for a firearm in this State. This Act also prohibits the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant, active indictment or information related to a felony or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from purchasing a firearm. The subject of the pending criminal process must know or have reason to know that the process is pending in order for the prohibition to apply. This Act also makes technical changes to the existing law to make it conform to the Legislative Drafting Manual.

Last Action: Signed by Governor

Last Action Date: October 20, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

HB125

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

Description: Section 1 of this bill establishes the crimes of possession of an unfinished firearm frame or receiver with no serial number, possession of and manufacturing a covert or undetectable firearm, possession of and manufacturing an untraceable firearm, and manufacturing or distributing a firearm using a three-dimensional printer. This bill also makes it a crime to possess a firearm frame or receiver with a removed, obliterated, or altered serial number. This bill makes very limited exceptions to the requirement that certain guns have serial numbers which are: (1) Firearms manufactured before 1968; (2) Muzzle loaders that only use black powder, and antique replicas. Finally, this bill makes clear that ยง 1463 of Title 11 concerning untraceable firearms does not apply to members of the military forces or members of a police force in this State duly authorized to carry an untraceable firearm, and does not apply to the manufacture or importation for sale to a law-enforcement or military entity in this State.

Last Action: Signed by Governor

Last Action Date: October 20, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

HB253

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

Description: This Act narrows the meaning of firearm for purposes of the Delaware Criminal Code by aligning the definition of firearm with the definition in the federal criminal background check law. The reference to a BB gun is no longer necessary because a BB gun does not use an explosive force to propel a projectile.

Last Action: Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House

Last Action Date: June 22, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

HB275

Title: An Act To Amend Title 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Loss Or Theft Of A Firearm.

Description: This bill increases the penalties for a second offense of a firearm owners failure to report the loss of theft of a firearm pursuant to the statute from just a civil penalty to a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of up to $2,300 and incarceration of up to 1 year.

Last Action: Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House

Last Action Date: December 16, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

HB276

Title: An Act To Amend Title 11 And Title 16 Of The Delaware Code Relating To The Eligibility Of Registered Qualifying Patients Under The Delaware Medical Marijuana Act To Purchase Or Possess Firearms.

Description: At least 36 states allow for the medical use of marijuana. However, federal firearm laws have not kept pace and currently prohibit an individual who is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance from possessing or purchasing a firearm. It is still unlawful under federal law to use or possess marijuana.

Last Action: Reported Out of Committee (Public Safety & Homeland Security) in House with 4 Favorable, 3 On Its Merits

Last Action Date: January 18, 2022

this is an anti-gun bill

HB292

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

Description: This bill criminalizes the possession, sale, transfer, purchase, or receipt of a short-barreled shotgun and short-barreled rifle which is not registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. While it is currently illegal under federal law to possess or build such weapons without registration and payment of the tax, it is not illegal under Delaware law. This bill makes the possession, purchase, receipt or sale or such weapons a Class E violent felony punishable by up to 5 years in jail.

Last Action: Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House

Last Action Date: January 25, 2022

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HB295

Title: An Act To Amend Title 3, Title 4, Title 8, Title 9, Title 11, Title 14, Title 16, Title 18, Title 19, Title 21, Title 24, Title 25, Title 29, Title 30, And Title 31 Of The Delaware Code, The Charter Of Hartly, And The Laws Of Delaware Relating To Technical Corrections.

Description: In January 2021, the Code Revisors provided the General Assembly with a list of potential technical corrections that they identified as they revised the Delaware Code to reflect legislation that was enacted by the 150th General Assembly in 2019 or as they reviewed titles of the Code. 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. This Act also includes technical corrections identified outside of the list provided by the Code Revisors.

Last Action: Reported Out of Committee (Executive) in Senate with 2 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits

Last Action Date: January 19, 2022

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HB305

Title: An Act To Amend Titles 4, 11, 16, And 30 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Creation Of The Delaware Marijuana Control Act.

Description: The Delaware Marijuana Control Act regulates and taxes marijuana in the same manner as alcohol. It allows adults over the age of 21 to legally possess and consume under 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use. It does not permit people to grow their own marijuana.

Last Action: Reported Out of Committee (Health & Human Development) in House with 6 Favorable, 3 On Its Merits

Last Action Date: January 26, 2022

this is an anti-gun bill

SB3

Title: An Act To Amend Title 11 And Title 24 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Deadly Weapons.

Description: This Substitute amends Senate Bill No. 3 by doing the following:

Last Action: Amendment HA 1 to SS 1 - Introduced and Placed With Bill

Last Action Date: June 23, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

SB6

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

Description: This Act creates the Delaware Large Capacity Magazine Prohibition Act of 2021. The Act includes clear definitions for the term large-capacity magazine, as an ammunition feeding device with a capacity to accept more than 17 rounds of ammunition. After enactment, possession of large-capacity magazine will be a class B misdemeanor for a first offense and a class E felony for any subsequent offense.

Last Action: Passed By House. Votes: 24 YES 16 NO 1 ABSENT

Last Action Date: June 24, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

SCR8

Title: Declaring Gun Violence A Public Health Crisis.

Description: This Senate Concurrent Resolution declares that gun violence is a public health crisis, that ending the gun violence devastating Delaware is a policy priority, and supporting policy and legislative solutions that will make schools safe, confront armed hate and extremism, prevent suicide, and center and support survivors of gun violence.

Last Action: Passed By Senate. Votes: 13 YES 8 NO

Last Action Date: January 27, 2021

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SB53

Title: An Act To Amend Title 16 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Criminal Violence Risk Assessment.

Description: On November 3, 2015, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report titled "Elevated Rates of Urban Firearm Violence and Opportunities for Prevention Wilmington, Delaware" in which the CDC made 2 major recommendations: (1) the creation and adoption of a robust risk assessment tool and (2) an integrated, statewide data collection system. To date, no meaningful action has been taken at any level to implement the CDC's recommendations.

Last Action: Introduced and Assigned to Health & Social Services Committee in Senate

Last Action Date: January 26, 2021

this is an anti-gun bill

SB147

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

Description: This Act codifies a reasonableness requirement for the use of force, both non-lethal and lethal. This is important when the state of mind is an issue in a criminal trial, such as when the judge or jury must decide as to what someone believed, knew, or intended at a given time.

Last Action: Signed by Governor

Last Action Date: June 30, 2021

this is an pro-gun bill

SB172

Title: An Act To Amend Title 9, Title 10, Title 11, And Title 22 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Carrying A Concealed Deadly Weapon.

Description: Section 20 of Article I of the Delaware Constitution guarantees that a person has the right to keep and bear arms for defense of self, family home and state. Both the United States Supreme Court and the Delaware Supreme Court have recognized the right of self-defense to be fundamental and to have pre-dated the formation of our country.

Last Action: Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in Senate

Last Action Date: June 8, 2021

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