An “assault weapons” ban failed to pass a Delaware Senate committee last week but Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride (D-13) says he will bring it to whole Senate for a vote anyway, Breitbart reports.
The ban failed to pass a five member committee last week after Sen. Greg Lavelle (R-4) voted against it, citing concerns that it violates Delaware’s constitution. The ban broadly targets semi-automatic rifles. That includes AR-15s and related guns, but also goes far beyond them.
“It’s plain to anyone paying attention that there is a great deal of public interest in this legislation. When an issue like this garners such an extraordinary level of interest and passion, every senator should also have the opportunity, if not the responsibility, to have their positions on the record.” ~ Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride
At about the same time, the House passed a bill to ban bump stocks and other devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire at a fast rate, and Gov. John Carney quickly signed it into law.
The impending vote announcement on an assault weapons ban comes a day after other top Democrats said Senate Bill 163, which would prohibit the sale of an array of semi-automatic rifles, should be revived.
The most controversial of a litany of gun control bills in front of Delaware lawmakers, Senate Bill 163, would block the sale, transfer or import of about 60 specific makes and models of firearms, including the AR-15 rifle, Delaware Online reports.
Sen. Colin Bonini (R-16) pointed out that the ban was defeated in committee, yet McBride is taking it to the full Senate as if it passed. Bonini said, “It did not receive the votes to get out of committee. If any issue gets enough press coverage, are we simply going to waive the responsibilities of the committee process?”
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