Col Hogan wrote:
One small step forward for the law abiding citizens of Delaware !!!
Our State Senate is composed of 21 Senators; 11 Democrats and 10 Republicans. Two are pivotal in this matter. The first is Senator Bruce Ennis (D), retired DE State Trooper, of District 14, which I like to call the DMZ - home of Sambo's. It's the district separating Slower DE from the upstate horde (see pic at bottom of thread). He is the only Democrat against. Now, that should make it an 11-10 majority, right? Not so easy. One Republican, Greg Lavelle, is the Senator for District 4. It's as upstate as it gets, but is a 50/50 district with a lot of affluence. Lavelle is really feeing the heat on this one from both sides. I've explained earlier in the thread that this is a no-win for the man and we could only hope he voted his conscience, and he did!
Here's the word today from the man who made the difference. He actually invokes our, GASP, State Constitution. God bless him:
After months of listening to constituents, and following today’s hearing, I decided not to release SB 163 from committee. As we heard repeatedly today, this piece of legislation clearly violates Article 1, Section 20 of the Delaware Constitution. Unlike many on the other side of the aisle, I consider the Constitution the first hurdle any piece of legislation must get over, and this bill clearly fails that test. There are firearms listed in this legislation that are used for the defense of home, for hunting and for recreation. All of those uses are constitutionally guaranteed.
In addition, Senator Townsend testified in the committee hearing that as of today, there is no agreed-upon method by which legal gun owners would prove that they owned firearms prior to the implementation of the law. Legislation of this magnitude is too important to not be fully fleshed out prior to passage. The idea that we would figure it out over the next few months is woefully inadequate.
Additionally, it should be made clear that today’s outcome – the failure of SB 163 to pass out of committee – was the preferred and designed outcome of the Senate Democrats. Senator McBride and his leadership team never wanted this bill to see the floor, and they want to pin its demise on me for political gain in an election year. Senator McBride could have assigned this bill to any committee – including his own Executive committee. He did not. He chose this outcome so he and his caucus would not have to face a vote on the floor in the face of significant citizen opposition.
I have voted for and/or sponsored many pieces of sensible firearm legislation, including legislation to ban bump stocks, legislation to increase penalties for gun crimes and straw purchases, and the Beau Biden Gun Violence Act. I believe that our schools should increase their security measures in order to reduce the possibility of a tragic event like we have seen elsewhere this year. But as Maryland and others have learned, no amount of gun legislation will prevent a determined individual with evil in their hearts from acting on those impulses.
I believe we have taken great strides forward this session in keeping Delawareans safe. I look forward to working with my fellow legislators and the Governor to take additional steps this year, specifically in the area of school safety. And I believe we can do all of that while following our Constitution.