Gov. John Carney, on June 27, signed House Substitute 1 for House Bill 222 into law surrounded by members of the general assembly of both parties, law enforcement and advocates for gun safety.
This legislation, sponsored by Rep. David Bentz, allows a court to issue a lethal violence protection order in cases where a family member or law enforcement officer can show that the respondent poses a danger to self or others by owning, possessing, controlling, purchasing or receiving a firearm.
“This new legislation is another tool to help law enforcement and our community confront gun violence,” said Carney. “One piece of legislation alone will not solve the problem of gun violence, but with a comprehensive approach, along with efforts to strengthen security in our schools, we can make a difference. We’ve made great progress this legislative session and I would like to thank members of the general assembly and advocates for their tireless work on this issue.”
This bill is the latest in a package of gun safety measures Carney signed into law this legislative session, including the Beau Biden Gun Violence Prevention Act, toughening penalties around straw purchases and banning “bump stocks” in the state.
“Red flag bills are significant components of gun safety reform, and I am so proud that Delaware has led in this effort this year with HS 1 for HB 222. We have taken a significant step forward to protect public safety and hopefully prevent some of these tragic instances of gun violence,” said Bentz. “While we may not be able to stop every horrific incident, a lethal violence protective order will reduce access to guns and empower citizens and law enforcement to intervene if a loved one presents a danger to themselves or others. Delaware has the opportunity to be model for the entire country with this legislation and it has been an honor to drive the initiative forward.”
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