A second gun safety bill was also introduced last week, in addition to Senate Bill 3 requiring gun safety training and a permit. This second bill, Senate Bill 6, is sponsored by the Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola, and it would ban the sale of large-capacity magazines capable of holding more than 17 rounds. The bill also would create a buyback program and give Delaware gun owners until June 30, 2022 to sell their large-capacity magazines to the state.
A 2018 study found that as many as 36% of guns used in crimes were equipped with large-capacity magazines, as were 40% of guns used in serious violent crimes, including the murders of police officers. At least nine states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws banning large-capacity magazines, including New York, New Jersey, and Maryland.
|House Bill 115 Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Sokola, Sturgeon, Townsend, Gay, Hansen, S.McBride, Pinkney, Poore|
|Chukwuocha, Bentz, Heffernan, Kowalko, Lynn, Minor-Brown, Morrison|
|Current Status — Senate Judiciary 3/25/21|
“Responsible gun owners have no legitimate need to fire off 17 rounds without reloading,” said Sokola. “But limiting the sale of these absurdly large magazines will help to save lives in police standoffs and mass shootings where these items inevitably lead to far greater deaths and casualties.”
“When I served in the military, I carried weapons capable of firing dozens of rounds without reloading. There is no reason for a civilian to be able to fire 20, 30 or 100 bullets at one time – not for hunting, and not for self-defense,” said Rep. Nnamdi Chukwuocha, the bill’s lead House sponsor. “Limiting the number of rounds that can be fired without reloading is a meaningful way to reduce gun violence – without restricting any law-abiding person’s ability to buy, own or possess a firearm. We have seen too many mass shootings where gunmen using these large-capacity magazines have hurt or killed dozens without reloading. It has to stop, and Delaware must take this step now, before we have our own tragedy on our hands.”