Delaware House Passes Bill Requiring Fingerprints, Training, and Permit to Purchase Handguns

( – Delaware residents will now be required to be fingerprinted, complete training, and be granted state permission in order to purchase a handgun, according to a new bill passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.

The Delaware state Senate, which is controlled by a Democrat majority, passed a bill that would require residents who wish to purchase a handgun to be fingerprinted first, complete a training program, and get permission from the Delaware government.

The vote followed a two-hour debate where advocates of gun-controlled argued that the bill will reduce homicides as well as suicides in the state of Delaware, while opponents of the proposal argued it will only infringe on law-abiding citizens’ rights while having no effect at all on criminals who are actually responsible for the vast majority of gun violence in the state.

The chief sponsor of the bill, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Lockman, insisted that the requirement for a permit will even be obeyed by criminals once the bill is the law and that requiring every owner of a handgun in the state to undergo firearms training will reduce accidental shootings, gun thefts, and suicides.

The argument against the proposal by critics is that it infringes on the rights of those who want to defend themselves by making the process more time-consuming and expensive. The Delaware constitution enshrines this right into law with provisions on gun ownership that are even more specific than the wording of the Second Amendment by including recreational use and hunting.

The last couple of years have seen various forms of gun legislation passing across the country shows just how divided Americans are on this issue culturally, with Washington state banning the manufacture, sale, and importation of “assault weapons” like the AR-15, to Nebraska allowing concealed carry of handguns without a permit the very same day.

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