Governor John Carney on Friday issued a statement calling for the banning of “assault-style rifles.” Here is the full statement:
“Over the past several years, Delaware has made progress in strengthening our gun safety laws, to help give law enforcement the tools they need to more effectively confront gun violence. We’re also continuing to work with school districts to ensure that Delaware schools have up-to-date safety plans, and to provide training so students and educators know how to respond in the face of violence (de.gov/schoolsafety). But more needs to be done.
We are already working with Representative David Bentz to pass the Beau Biden Gun Violence Prevention Act, which will keep weapons out of the hands of those who mental health professionals and judges believe present a danger to themselves or others. I have also urged the General Assembly to pass a bill, introduced by Representative Valerie Longhurst, that would ban bump stock devices.
In the coming weeks, my team will work closely with lawmakers to craft legislation that would prohibit the sale of assault-style rifles in Delaware. As we have seen in Las Vegas, Parkland, and in many other horrific incidents across our country, military-style weapons can be used to carry out catastrophic acts of violence. They have no place on the streets of our neighborhoods.
We need a national approach to this mortal threat to our safety. We stand ready to do our part here in Delaware, and I would urge President Trump and members of Congress to do the same at the national level. It’s past time to take serious action to confront this threat. I look forward to working with lawmakers in both parties here in Delaware to make our state safer.”
I have a post going up later today on the mental illness gun control bill sponsored by Representative David Bentz, compared to another mental illness bill in the General Assembly sponsored by Andria Bennett (D).
Governor Carney is what I would describe as a cautious “conservative” Democrat, with conservative here not being the political definition we are all familiar with but rather the football definition. For example, if John Carney were the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, he would have kicked the field goal on 4th & Goal at the end of the first half rather than being aggressive and going for the touchdown with the Philly Special play call. So, knowing that, I am genuinely surprised and pleased by this move by the Governor. We need aggressive and progressive Democrats. Thank you Governor Carney!