HB300, the bill that will ban bump stock devices, which allow semi-automatic rifles to fire at a fast rate, passed the Delaware House on Thursday afternoon 36-2. David Bentz and Debra Heffernan were absent, and Charles Postles did not vote. The two no votes were from Rich Collins, who votes against everything apparently, and Mike Mulrooney, whose obstinacy on this issue makes me long for his coming retirement. The bill heads to Governor Carney’s desk, and he is expected to sign it.
So, good news. Now for some bad news.
HB366, the Safe Storage Bill, which would make it a crime to unsafely store a firearm, has been rejected in the Senate Judiciary Committee, just like SB163 (the Assault Weapons Ban) was. Senators Bruce Ennis and Greg Lavelle are once again to blame. The bill had previously passed the House 21-16. Perhaps Senator McBride can add this bill to his motion to suspend the rules on Tuesday.