|House Bill 48 - Monday, March 21, 2011|
|Sponsored by: Rep. Valarie Longhurst, et. al.
One of the four gun control proposals unveiled by Gov. Jack Markell in February, this bill calls for Delaware to share information with the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database regarding people who are prohibited from possessing firearms, including the mentally ill. Delaware is one of 10 states that have provided no information on mentally ill individuals to the federal database. This bill would also create a federally-mandated "relief from disabilities" program, which would allow individuals adjudicated as mentally ill to once again become eligible for gun ownership by demonstrating they are unlikely to become a threat to public safety. If this bill is enacted, the state's existing firearms transaction program would become redundant and would be eliminated.
Status: Pending action in the House Judiciary Committee.
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