Assault Weapons Ban Introduced to Delaware General Assembly

Monday, March 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

by John Crump
Ammoland.com
March 25, 2018

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Sen. Bryan Townsend (D-Newark) introduced a new proposed ban on most semiautomatic guns in the Delaware General Assembly on Thursday.

Townsend based the bill on the infamous Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (“FSA”) which banned most modern sporting rifles. Maryland Democrats used the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut to push the bill through their legislator. It appears that the anti-gun politicians in Delaware are using the Parkland Florida shooting as an excuse to introduce the bill and push it through

The bill would ban 60 specific makes and models of rifles, shotguns, and “assault pistols”. The law goes further and would prohibit any gun that Delaware deems a “copycat weapon.” The legislation would give Delaware almost unlimited power to determine which firearm would fall into this category.

The bill would also prevent the transfer, sale, or manufacture of these firearms. Any firearms companies located in Delaware will have to shut down or leave the state. There is a grandfather clause for citizens that already own these rifles.

The bill states that it is necessary for the safety of the general public, as well as members of Delaware’s law-enforcement community. The legislation falsely asserts that these firearms are used disproportionately to their ownership in mass shootings and the murders of police. It also claims that the banning of these weapons would make criminals less dangerous.

In one part of the bill makes the absurd claim that the differences between semi-automatic firearms and automatic firearms are slight. It then makes the claim that semi-automatic guns are more lethal than automatic guns. It even goes as far as to ban any rifle that looks like an M16.

“These are not firearms used in home defense like handguns or for hunting like other types of rifles,” Townsend said in a statement. “They are derived from the battlefield, and their purpose is to kill in large numbers.”

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