Amid increased pressure from progressives to implement new gun control measures, some states are actively working in pursuit of that goal.
As one notable example, Delaware state senators recently voted to pass two policies further regulating the rights of residents to purchase and carry firearms, The Epoch Times reported.
Details of the bills
Although the 13–8 vote in favor of the measures fell largely along party lines, state Sen. Bruce Ennis, a Democrat, voted with Republicans against them.
The first bill seeks to require a permit for Delawareans to obtain a permit before buying a handgun.
If successful, the new process means buyers would have to complete a training course and background check at their own expense. Furthermore, individuals would be required to submit an application to the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, which would issue a qualified purchaser card to eligible applicants.
Senate Bill 3 also aims to create a statewide database of everyone who has applied for such a permit within the previous two years, ostensibly for the purpose of tracking firearms and identifying criminals. The bill includes an exception for those residents who have already obtained a concealed-carry permit.
According to the language of the second bill, so-called “large-capacity” magazines would be banned across the state.
That bill calls for the creation of a buyback program requiring owners of such magazines to sell them back to the state government by June 30, 2022. Owners would receive a payment of $10 for each magazine surrendered.
Anyone who refuses would be subject to a Class B misdemeanor on a first offense and a Class E felony thereafter.
The bills could be considered by the state House later this month and Democratic Gov. John Carney has signaled that he supports both measures.