Delaware is Pushing a Handgun Permit-to-Purchase Legislation

New legislation in Delaware will require residents to obtain a permit and undergo firearms training prior to buying a handgun in the state. Although a similar bill did not pass in 2021, the bill’s sponsors are restarting their push for this legislation.

Individuals who already possess concealed carry permits would be exempt from the bill’s regulations. In addition, there will be partial exemptions for former and current law enforcement. 

Delaware Gun Rights President, Mitch Denham, believes this bill will not sufficiently address the root causes of gun violence. He alluded to a recent incident that took place in Northern Delaware.

“The 17-year-old that was in the Christiana Mall shooting, he cannot get a gun legally. He just can’t. He’s 17. So where did that gun come from? Those are the questions that aren’t getting answered and aren’t going to be resolved by this,” Denham declared.

SB 2 was heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on April 26, 2023. Due to the partisan makeup of the Delaware General Assembly and the governor’s office — where Democrats hold strong majorities in the State Senate (15-6) and House of Representatives (26-15) and the governor’s mansion — this legislation should easily pass. 

According to Guns & Ammo magazine’s best states for gun owners rankings, Delaware is ranked in 42nd place. Naturally, this makes it an anti-gun safe space. Like other blue states, gun rights activists in Delaware will have to use legal action or nullify unconstitutional actions from the state government.  Those are the harsh realities of living in a blue state for most gun owners these days. 

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