Delaware Gun Mental Health Bill Delayed

Jun 26, 2013


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has delayed action on a bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.

Senators adjourned Tuesday without voting on the bill, which establishes a process to keep people declared to be a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns.

The bill requires mental health providers to call police if they believe a person poses a danger to himself or others. Police would refer the case to the attorney general's office if they also believe the person shouldn't have access to guns.   

The attorney general's office could then ask a judge to prohibit the person from owning or possessing a gun. The judge also could order the seizure of any guns that the person owns.