Gun Bill Restrictions for Mental Illness Passes Delaware House

May 15, 2013


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved two bills that are part of a package of gun-control measures proposed by Democratic Gov. Jack Markell in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting last year.

House members voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve a bill expanding the ability of authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns. That bill now goes to the Senate. The legislation establishes a process to keep a person declared by a court to be a danger to himself or others from having access to guns.

The other bill, which requires gun owners to report the loss or theft of weapons to police within seven days, passed only by a narrow margin. Having cleared the Senate earlier, it now goes to the governor for his signature.