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July 13, 2011
Governor Signs Responsible Gun Safety Measures into Law
Four new laws address potential gun violence and keep communities safer
NEW CASTLE - With dozens of law enforcement officers from throughout the state gathered at New Castle County’s Police Public Safety building, Governor Jack Markell signed into law four gun-safety bills that will help get illegal guns off the streets and make Delawareans safer.
The new laws:
“In February of this year, when we stood with law enforcement to introduce our common-sense gun safety measures, many doubted that we could get so many of them done. But Delawareans spoke out in support, and – thanks to the leadership of many in the General Assembly – we have taken a great stride forward in the aim of reducing gun violence,” said the Governor. “The bills I am signing today will help make our communities safer.”
The four bills signed by Governor Markell include:
Comments from sponsoring lawmakers from today’s signing:
“A weapon recovered in a gun buy-back program will be a weapon not used in a violent crime,” said Senator Robert Marshall, regarding SB 25. “Special thanks to the Delaware State Troopers Association, the Fraternal Order of Police and Delaware Police Chiefs Council for working on this legislation.”
“It took a lot of effort on everyone’s part to get these bills passed, which will protect law enforcement and protect citizens,” said Senator Margaret Rose Henry. Regarding SS1 for SB29, Henry said, “If you are intoxicated, you shouldn’t be a danger to someone.”
“Delaware will be safer for keeping guns out of the hands of people who should not legally possess them,” said Representative Valerie Longhurst, regarding HB 48.“This law is an important step in removing dangerous firearms from the community.”