Delaware judge nixes agency regulations on guns in parks

DOVER — A Delaware judge on Thursday struck down some regulations on carrying guns in state parks and on state forest land, saying they are unconstitutional. The ruling comes in a lawsuit by the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association and other gun rights advocates challenging firearms regulations developed by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental […]


Park gun restrictions The state of Delaware allows lawfully owned and permitted firearms in more than 99 percent of the area in state parks, forests and wildlife areas. The Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association and Bridgeville Rifle & Pistol Club are among the plaintiffs challenging the state’s regulations in certain areas such as “tents, cabins, cottages, […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: NRA’s contribution to mass killings

Bump stocks and high-capacity magazines have been responsible for most of the mass killings over the last four decades. These mass killings have doubled in the last two decades as well as the death and injury count. (Source: Violence Policy Center in Washington, DC.) Banning them could prevent countless lives from being lost in mass […]

Last-ditch effort to ban assault weapons fails in Delaware Senate

DOVER — A Senate effort to revive a bill to ban the sale of “assault-style” weapons failed Tuesday when a vote to suspend the rules to bring the legislation to the chamber floor received support from only nine senators, two shy of the needed majority. Two Democrats voted against the motion, as did every Republican […]

School district to review policies after Middletown High student found with gun

MIDDLETOWN — Appoquinimink School District will evaluate safety procedures after an 18-year-old Middletown High student was allegedly found with a 9mm handgun in school last Friday and subsequently arrested. Superintendent Dr. Matt Burrows sent an email Saturday to Appoquinimink parents and staff announcing a directive to form a district-wide parent/staff/Board Safety Task Force “to review […]

Middletown High student held after handgun found in bag

MIDDLETOWN — A handgun was discovered in a student’s backpack following a confrontation at Middletown High late Friday morning, a district superintendent said later in the day. In an e-mail to parents and staff just after 4 p.m. the Appoquinimink School District detailed the incident, with Superintendent Dr. Matt Burrows explaining that “Shortly before noon […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Delaware legislators should uphold oath to Constitution

The following is an open letter to Delaware legislators: I am a registered voter in Senate District 7/House District 19. While I have previously expressed my thoughts regarding the plethora of “common sense” solutions proposed in an attempt to dissuade future occurrences of violent crimes committed with firearms, I have addressed only my elected officials. […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Take the Second Amendment simply for what it says

It is amazing that people simply will not take things as they really are. They insist on making words to mean what they want them to mean. The 2nd Amendment is a classic example of that. The amendment reads, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the […]

Carney signs bill to take guns from mentally ill

NEWARK — Gov. John Carney signed into law the first major piece of gun legislation Monday, six days after it passed the General Assembly. The bill deals with mental health and possession of firearms by individuals believed to be potential threats to themselves and others. In honor of the late Beau Biden, who pushed a […]

COMMENTARY: Double standards abound for young adults

Bad ideas abound, no doubt. But today we’ll consider four now percolating before the Delaware General Assembly. They are: •Legalizing recreational marijuana. •Lowering the blood-alcohol level for legal driving to .05 percent. •Raising the age for purchase of cigarettes to 21. •Raising the age for buying a rifle to 21. The original sin here, of […]