Legislative business canceled Wednesday due to snowstorm

DOVER — Snow caused the Delaware General Assembly to cancel all scheduled business Wednesday, including a committee hearing on two gun control bills and the final meeting of a task force examining marijuana legalization.

Both House Bill 330 and House Substitute 1 for House Bill 302 were to be voted on by the House Administration Committee in a hearing expected to draw so much attention it was moved from the small room where the committee normally meets to the full House chamber.

Both bills are likely to be released from the committee to the full House when they are heard next week.

House Bill 330 raises the age to buy long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, from 18 to 21. Current state law requires individuals to be 21 or older to buy a handgun but allows purchase of a long gun by people at least 18 years of age.

According to the Giffords Law Center, Hawaii and Illinois are the only states with an age limit of 21 for purchase of a long gun.

The bill was introduced by Democratic lawmakers in the wake of the Feb. 14 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 people.

House Substitute 1 for House Bill 302 expands the procedure for removing guns from and keeping them out of the hands of people judged to be mentally ill or dangerous.

The substitute gained the support of Sen. Anthony Delcollo, a Marshallton Republican who is the lone member of the GOP signed on to either of the proposals scheduled to be discussed Wednesday.

The House is scheduled to vote on a bill banning bump stocks today.

The snow also forced the cancellation of a meeting on marijuana legalization.

A task force looking at the issue voted to release its report last week, pending final approval Wednesday, but the vote failed, although the group still planned to meet.

The meeting will be rescheduled.

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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