Representative Sean Lynn has introduces a bill on a subject that you are surprised to learn isn’t already illegal. It will prohibit a person from purchasing, selling, offering for sale, possessing with intent to sell, or importing with intent to sell elephant ivory or rhinoceros horn, except as provided in the legislation.
One of “except as provided in the legislations” exceptions is puzzling. It is for ivory or rhinoceros horn that is part of a gun, knife, musical instrument, or antique, as long as the ivory or rhinoceros horn component in the item is a fixed component of a larger manufactured item and is not, in its current form, the primary source of value of the item. I can understand this exception for products that have already exist. You do need to have a grandfather clause. But the purpose of the legislation is to try to prevent the slaughter and maiming of elephants and rhinoceros but doing our small party of ending the market for such products in the State of Delaware. So you need to limit this exception to products already in existence as of a certain prior date. A gun handle made of ivory in 2018 should be banned.
SPONSORS: Lynn, Hansen, Townsend, Marshall, Bentz, Keeley, Kowalko, Smith, Williams
HISTORY: Placed in the House Natural Resources Committee 3/28/17
STATUS: Waiting for a hearing in committee.