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Senate Passes Gun Conversion Ban

 A bill to outlaw devices used to convert semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic machine guns passed the Senate and will now be considered by the Delaware House of Representatives.  The vote was 13-8, with Democrat Bruce Ennis joining all Republicans in voting no.

Senate Bill 8 would outlaw the possession, sale, and use of auto sears, “Glock switches,” and other devices that can convert semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic machine guns. 

A gunman armed with a semi-automatic pistol modified with a machine gun conversion device shot three Houston police officers in January, while another gunman armed with a weapon modified by a similar device killed six people and wounded 12 others in Sacramento in April. 

Senate Bill 8 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Sokola, Townsend, Lockman, Gay, S.McBride, Paradee, Pinkney, SturgeonSenate Passes 13-8. Brown Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh Ennis Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson
Schwartzkopf, Longhurst, Mitchell, Baumbach, Heffernan, Kowalko, Lynn, Matthews, Minor-Brown, Osienski
Current Status: Sent to House

“Delaware took an important step in 2018 to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks. Unfortunately, firearm accessories and devices are always evolving, so we have to remain vigilant,” said Rep. Ed Osienski, a lead House sponsor of SB 8. “Automatic weapons already are illegal, so this should be a common-sense initiative to prohibit additional devices that can convert semi-automatic weapons into automatic ones. I look forward to passing this bill in the House.” 

“Today was a victory for the vast majority of Delawareans who demanded to see their elected officials take action on strong public safety legislation in the wake of this latest round of horrifying mass shootings,” Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola said. “I’m incredibly proud of my Caucus for fulfilling the promises they made on the campaign trail and I’m grateful to my colleagues in the House for working through some minor disagreements on the finer points of some bills with grace and understanding. By putting aside our differences and agreeing to work in the best interests of Delawareans, we were able to make incredible progress today on protecting the safety of our children and our communities.” 

Senate Bill 8 are expected to be considered by the House next week.  

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