House of Representatives passed two firearms bills

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Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth Beach), pointed to the tragic events at Robb Elementary in Texas as his motivation for the bill.

DOVER (DE0 BY DIGITAL STAFF: New gun control measures are taking shape in Delaware after The House of Representatives passed two firearms bills on June 14, 2022. One was with unanimous support, however, the other one was contested. 
Background checks needed to purchase firearms are currently performed by federal officials, but that system has proven to be overburdened and lacking. House Bill 423, which cleared the chamber without a dissenting vote, seeks to create the Firearm Transaction Approval Program (FTAP) — reestablishing the state-based background check system Delaware had previously but which was discontinued in a cost-cutting move. The state system would not only include the federal database but other databases as well. The result would be faster and more thorough background checks.
The House also approved House Bill 451 (as amended), seeking to raise the legal age to purchase and possess most firearms. The contested vote was 27 to 13 with one absent.
The measure would prohibit most people under the age of 21 from owning, possessing, or controlling a firearm or ammunition. Military personnel and those with a concealed carry deadly weapon permit would be exempt. The measure covers pneumatic pistols and rifles (larger than .177 caliber), but would not apply to shotguns or shotgun shells, muzzle-loading rifles, paintball guns, and deadly weapons other than firearms.
The prime sponsor of the bill, Speaker of the House Pete Schwartzkopf (D-Rehoboth Beach), pointed to the tragic events at Robb Elementary in Texas as his motivation for the bill. In that case, the man identified as the shooter legally purchased the guns he used shortly after his 18th birthday.
Opponents of the measure said it was arbitrary and that Delaware should not make sweeping public policy changes in a reactionary fashion. They noted that 18-year-olds can marry, vote, and serve in the armed forces, and took issue with the bill’s potential to disrupt Delaware’s hunting tradition.
Both bills move to the Senate for consideration where they are expected to be passed.
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