Delaware is a blue state. It has a Democratic governor, a Democratic attorney general, and a Democratic legislature. So, it should come to no one’s surprise that Delaware is considering enacting a bump stock ban, a ban on military-style rifles, limiting magazine sizes to ten rounds, and increasing the age for firearm sales to age 21. Vermont and Florida have passed some of these measures already. The new push for gun control was spurred by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14. While we’ve been able to hold the line on new federal legislation, gun control advocates have scored state-based wins. Well, residents of The First State have had enough. In a recent town hall event, which featured Democratic and Republican lawmakers, there were periods of chaos, as the moderator had to quiet down the crowd, which was overwhelming pro-Second Amendment (via Delaware State News):
The event, organized as an attempt to bridge the divide between opponents and supporters of gun restrictions, featured four Delaware politicians: Two Republican senators, one Democratic senator and the Department of Justice’s top prosecutor who is now running for attorney general.
All four were on stage before hundreds of people in the theater at Middletown High School, just two days after hundreds rallied in support of the Second Amendment in front of the state capitol.
The moderator was forced to restore order minutes after the event began. The two Democratic speakers were booed and interrupted numerous times while the Republican participants were greeted much more warmly.
Several members of the audience began laughing openly after Kathy Jennings, a Democrat running for attorney general, said the state has made a special effort to prosecute gun crimes, a claim Republicans find hard to believe.
Over the next two-and-a-half months, the General Assembly is set to debate legislation that would ban so-called bump stocks, prevent 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds from buying rifles, make it illegal to sell assault weapons, prohibit the sale of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, create procedures for taking guns from individuals with severe mental illnesses and prevent anyone on the federal terrorist watchlist from obtaining a gun.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the age bill Thursday and could send it to Gov. John Carney for his signature. The House could do the same to the bump stock measure this week.
It’s a gun ban. Again, it’s nothing we haven’t seen before. A ban on magazines that carry more than ten rounds effectively bans numerous handguns. That’s on top of the so-called assault weapons ban, which will do next to nothing to curb gun violence, as we saw with the federal ban in 1994. They’re coming after our rights, folks. There’s no doubt about it. And it seems even in Clinton country, residents are finally saying they’ve had enough. In times past, I would have said the silver lining for most new gun laws is that only blue states are strengthening their already stringent anti-gun provisions. Well, it’s now seeping into Florida and Vermont, the latter of which has an A-rated NRA governor in office.
But even in deep blue pockets of the country, Deerfield, Illinois has banned so-called assault weapons, which includes a lot of handguns as well, within the village limits. Residents have until June to destroy them, turn them over, or transfer them out of the locality. Non-compliance carries a $250-1,000/ day fine. In Oregon, there’s an effort to force law-abiding gun owners to register, destroy, surrender, or transfer their firearms out of the state through a ballot initiative. In Boulder, Colorado, the city council is going through the motions to ban so-called assault weapons as well. Just imagine what will happen if the Democrats retake Congress this November.