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Delaware Senate Passes Historic Package of Gun Safety Bills Following Harrowing Recent Gun Violence; Delaware Moms Demand Action Applauds

June 17, 2022

Volunteers Drove Hundreds of Calls and Emails to Lawmakers in Support for the Legislation

The Delaware chapter of Moms Demand Action, part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement applauding the Delaware Senate for passing a slew of gun safety bills aimed at tackling the state’s gun violence crisis following the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, Uvalde, Texas, and elsewhere across the country. The bills include legislation to prohibit assault weapons and certain gun accessories, strengthen background checks,, and hold the gun industry accountable for the gun violence that continues to threaten Delaware communities. The House and Senate both passed regulation of high capacity magazines. 

“The Senate has taken bold action to push back against the gun lobby’s dangerous agenda and show Delawarians that their safety comes first,” said Mara Gorman, a volunteer with the Delaware chapter of Moms Demand Action. “These bills would bolster our state’s efforts to meaningfully address our gun violence crisis and finally bring accountability to bad actors in the gun industry, who for too long have been profiting off the pain and suffering gun violence has reaped on our communities. We are deeply grateful to gun sense champions in the Senate for passing this legislation, and look forward to continuing our advocacy for common sense gun safety measures.”

In an average year in Delaware, 111 people die by guns and 279 people are wounded. Gun violence costs Delaware $713.7 million each year, of which $36.3 million is paid by taxpayers. More information about gun violence in Delaware is available here.

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