The Delaware contingent of Moms Demand Action held a rally at the state capitol last week to urge legislators to pass a new permit-to-purchase requirement for handguns.
A variety of activists and supporters spoke at the event, according to WDEL, including a Moms Demand volunteer who insisted that guns purchased without permits are “going to whack a Walmart.”
“The same guns that they’re allowing people to buy without permits or without proper procedure to get a permit, that same gun’s going to do a school shooting,” said Timeless Thomas. “It’s going to whack a Walmart. They’re going to kill in bulk and wholesale. So, it’s going to affect your community as well as it affects mine. We have to get SB3 passed.”
The legislation being promoted, Senate Bill 3, would institute a permitting regime for all prospective handgun owners. The regime would require a “handgun qualified purchaser card” for all handgun owners, which would be obtained via an application to the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
On the application, applicants would be required to state their name, residence, place of business, age, date of birth, sex, and a “physical description, including distinguishing physical characteristics, if any.” Applicants would be required to submit fingerprints and take an extensive firearm training course that includes at least 100 rounds of live-fire training.
The bill directs the Secretary of the Department of Safety to contact the applicant’s local law enforcement agencies to “inquire as to any facts and circumstances relevant to the person’s qualification for a handgun qualified purchaser card.”
Applicants must be legally allowed to own a handgun and be 21 years of age or older. In addition, applicants must not be “a person who poses a danger of causing physical injury to self or others by owning, purchasing, or possessing firearms.”
The handgun purchaser cards would expire after 180 days.
Moms Demand volunteers insisted at the rally that they are not against guns, only gun violence. But they did not explain how such a strict handgun purchasing regime would stop criminals from obtaining and using firearms to commit crimes. Instead, they insisted that “gun laws save lives.”
“We need three things: well-funded and well-run community intervention programs, and we’ve got some community partners here today,” said Traci Murphy, the Executive Director of the Delaware Coalition Against Gun Violence. “A well-educated community that understands the risks of gun ownership and what it means to be safe and responsible with guns. And finally, we need strong policies, and we need strong leaders courageous enough to fight for them…Gun laws save lives.”
Senate Bill 3 passed the Senate last year but is currently stalled in the House. Click here to find your Delaware legislator and voice your opposition to SB 3.