Liberal gun owners face dilemma in 2020 field

LAS VEGAS — Like many liberals, Lara Smith considers herself a feminist, favors abortion rights and believes the nation’s immigration policies under the Trump administration have just been “vile.” But when it comes to guns, Smith sounds more like a conservative: She opposes reviving the nation’s assault weapons ban, enacting red-flag laws or creating a […]

Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapon ban

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s push to ban the sale of assault weapons failed on Monday after some of his fellow Democrats balked at the proposal. Senators voted to shelve the bill for the year and ask the state crime commission to study the issue, an outcome that drew cheers from a committee […]

Biden takes on Sanders’ gun votes

LAS VEGAS — Joe Biden, standing on a Las Vegas stage roughly 1,000 feet from the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, took on White House rival Bernie Sanders for his past vote to exempt gun manufacturers from liability for shootings. The former vice president devoted the majority of his Saturday […]

Letter to the Editor: Focus on person, not weapon

It seems as though some are too quick to pull the proverbial trigger to reduce violence and gun-related crimes without having an entirely clear view of the situation. We must look deeper into the cause, not the action, to take appropriate steps to deter violence. A person who wants to harm another and or harm […]

Commentary: There will never be ‘enough’ gun control for left

Once again, our elected officials make their annual prayer to that well-worn graven idol of gun control legislation. This year, the villains are 3-D printed firearms, non-factory assembled firearms, “untraceable” firearms, or their components. Last year it was bump stocks, pistol grips, magazines and even an effort to require buyers to obtain permission from state […]

Bill banning untraceable guns sent to House floor

DOVER — Nearly 30 members of the public turned out to speak Wednesday for a committee hearing on legislation to outlaw “ghost guns,” homemade firearms considered to be untraceable because they lack key identifying markings. After about 50 minutes of public comments, the House Administration Committee voted 3-2 on party lines to send the measure […]

Bill would ban untraceable ‘ghost guns’

DOVER — Lawmakers on Thursday filed a bill that would ban “ghost guns,” homemade firearms considered to be untraceable because they lack key identifying markings. House Bill 277 would outlaw firearms that have no serial number, are “constructed in a shape or configuration such that it does not resemble a firearm,” are made “entirely of […]

Speak Out: Gun forum

Middletown Democrat Sen. Stephanie Hansen organized an all-day forum on gun violence this week, intended as a chance for decision-makers to separate facts from fictions in regard to firearms. Because of limited seating, it’s closed to the public. The forum featured five panel discussions: Assault-Style Weapons and Magazine Panel, Training and Licenses Panel, Home Sales […]

Delaware lawmakers to convene at gun forum ahead of 2020 session

DOVER — Few, if any, issues generated more debate and demanded as much attention in the Delaware General Assembly last year as guns. Three controversial proposals to criminalize a variety of semi-automatic firearms classified as “assault weapons,” ban magazines capable of holding more than 15 rounds and establish a permitting process to buy a gun […]

Speak Out: Taking up gun bills

Readers reacted to recent letter to the editor imploring Delaware legislators to take up Senate bills in January that are aimed at curbing gun violence. • Not one of those unconstitutional bills would have prevented that shooting. — Lou Bialota •Arm teachers. Problem solved. — Eric Fibelkorn • One issue with that is that most […]