Del. Officials Eye Bill on Lost, Stolen Guns - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Del. Officials Eye Bill on Lost, Stolen Guns

Posted: Updated:

NEWARK, Del. (AP)- Mandatory reporting of lost or stolen firearms could help reduce gun violence in Delaware, Gov. Jack Markell and other state officials said Wednesday in unveiling the first of several gun-control bills being pushed by the administration in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.
 
The bill requires a person to report to police within 48 hours of discovering that a firearm is lost or stolen. A first offense for failing to report would be a misdemeanor subject to a fine of up to $500. Subsequent offenses would be felonies.
 
Officials said the measure would help prevent lost and stolen firearms from winding up in the hands of criminals prohibited from possessing them and help reduce straw purchases, in which people buy guns for sale or transfer to others who aren't supposed to have them.
 
Markell noted that a convicted felon prohibited from possessing firearms was arrested last week on gun and drug charges in Wilmington. Authorities said he had an AK-47 assault type rifle that was stolen in Pennsylvania and two handguns that were stolen in Maryland.
 
Biden said far too many criminals prohibited from having guns are able to get them from friends or relatives, theft, or in the criminal marketplace, where cash, drugs and stolen or illegally purchased guns are all forms of currency.
 
People who illegally make straw purchases for others often escape prosecution by claiming that the straw-purchased gun was lost or stolen, he added.
 
"They wreak havoc on our society," Biden said, adding that the bill presented Wednesday would aid in the prosecution of straw purchasers who don't report supposedly lost or stolen guns that wind up in the hands of criminals.
 
"It's going to increase my ability to go after the straw purchaser," he said.
 
Biden admitted that determining whether a person truthfully reports that a gun is missing or stolen within 48 hours, rather than waiting weeks or months before reporting the loss or theft, will require investigative work by police.
 
"We're going to have to work that out," he said.
 
The measure discussed Wednesday was the first draft bill to be released as part of a package of gun-control proposals announced last month.
 
Administration officials had said the bills would be introduced last month before the legislature recessed for budget committee hearings but now say the bills will be unveiled in the coming weeks before lawmakers return to Dover on March 12.
 
The most controversial of the proposals is a ban on the sale of military-style, assault-type weapons like the one used in the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut.
 
Officials also proposed a ban on large-capacity ammunition clips holding more than five rounds for rifles and shotguns and 10 rounds for handguns, but Lt. Gov. Matt Denn said that, in response to talks with gun owners, that proposal is being changed to allow 10-round clips for rifles.
 
Officials also proposed a ban on guns within 1,000 feet of schools, but they indicated Wednesday that the distance will be reduced to 300 feet, similar to the drug-free perimeters around schools.
 
Markell also is pushing for background checks for private gun sales in Delaware, revisiting a measure he failed to persuade lawmakers to pass two years ago.
 
Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Lewis Schiliro said he hopes that people on both sides of the gun-control debate can agree on common-sense measures that balance the constitutional right to own firearms with efforts to reduce gun violence and save lives.
 
"It is our hope that reasoned argument will produce sensible results.... The stakes are too high not to," he said.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • One Killed in Kent County Apartment Fire

    One Killed in Kent County Apartment Fire

    Monday, June 26 2017 4:40 AM EDT2017-06-26 08:40:33 GMT
    Monday, June 26 2017 4:40 AM EDT2017-06-26 08:40:33 GMT

    The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating an apartment fire that killed one person and injured another. 

    More

    The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating an apartment fire that killed one person and injured another. 

    More
  • Plane Crash Kills Federalsburg Man

    Plane Crash Kills Federalsburg Man

    Sunday, June 25 2017 10:49 PM EDT2017-06-26 02:49:14 GMT
    Sunday, June 25 2017 11:42 PM EDT2017-06-26 03:42:40 GMT

    An ultralight aircraft crashed in Caroline County on Sunday, claiming the life of the pilot, according to Maryland State Police.

    More

    An ultralight aircraft crashed in Caroline County on Sunday, claiming the life of the pilot, according to Maryland State Police.

    More
  • Georgetown Man Arrested After Stabbing Girlfriend

    Georgetown Man Arrested After Stabbing Girlfriend

    Sunday, June 25 2017 9:34 PM EDT2017-06-26 01:34:26 GMT
    Sunday, June 25 2017 9:34 PM EDT2017-06-26 01:34:26 GMT
    A Georgetown man was arrested after stabbing his girlfriend in the chest.A Georgetown man was arrested after stabbing his girlfriend in the chest.

    A Georgetown man has been arrested after stabbing his girlfriend in the chest, according to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. 

    More

    A Georgetown man has been arrested after stabbing his girlfriend in the chest, according to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. 

    More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Delaware Girl Falls From Six Flags Ride

    Delaware Girl Falls From Six Flags Ride

    Sunday, June 25 2017 5:13 PM EDT2017-06-25 21:13:57 GMT
    Sunday, June 25 2017 5:13 PM EDT2017-06-25 21:13:57 GMT
    A Delawre girl is seen falling from a ride at Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury, New York.A Delawre girl is seen falling from a ride at Six Flags Great Escape in Queensbury, New York.

    A teenager fell about 25 feet from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park Saturday night, falling into a crowd of park guests and employees who had gathered to catch her. 

    More

    A teenager fell about 25 feet from a stopped gondola ride at an upstate New York amusement park Saturday night, falling into a crowd of park guests and employees who had gathered to catch her. 

    More
  • Georgetown Man Arrested After Stabbing Girlfriend

    Georgetown Man Arrested After Stabbing Girlfriend

    Sunday, June 25 2017 9:34 PM EDT2017-06-26 01:34:26 GMT
    Sunday, June 25 2017 9:34 PM EDT2017-06-26 01:34:26 GMT
    A Georgetown man was arrested after stabbing his girlfriend in the chest.A Georgetown man was arrested after stabbing his girlfriend in the chest.

    A Georgetown man has been arrested after stabbing his girlfriend in the chest, according to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. 

    More

    A Georgetown man has been arrested after stabbing his girlfriend in the chest, according to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department. 

    More
  • Dine and Dash Suspects Arrested

    Dine and Dash Suspects Arrested

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:54 PM EDT2017-06-24 03:54:56 GMT
    Friday, June 23 2017 11:56 PM EDT2017-06-24 03:56:32 GMT
    Two people were arrested for leaving before paying at two Georgetown restaurants.Two people were arrested for leaving before paying at two Georgetown restaurants.

    A Dover man and a Smyrna woman were arrested after they dined and dashed at two Georgetown restaurants two days in a row, according to the Georgetown Police Department.

    More

    A Dover man and a Smyrna woman were arrested after they dined and dashed at two Georgetown restaurants two days in a row, according to the Georgetown Police Department.

    More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • City of Salisbury Celebrates the Life of Brooke Mulford

    City of Salisbury Celebrates the Life of Brooke Mulford

    The City of Salisbury celebrated the life of 12-year-old Brooke Mulford Friday night.

    Hundreds of balloons were released into the sky from James Bennett High School Friday night in honor of Brooke Mulford.

    Brooke battled neuroblastoma for nearly 8 years and passed away on June 12th.

    More

    The City of Salisbury celebrated the life of 12-year-old Brooke Mulford Friday night.

    Hundreds of balloons were released into the sky from James Bennett High School Friday night in honor of Brooke Mulford.

    Brooke battled neuroblastoma for nearly 8 years and passed away on June 12th.

    More
  • Caesar Rodney School District Brings Free Meals to Kids With New Bus

    Caesar Rodney School District Brings Free Meals to Kids With New Bus

    This summer, the Caesar Rodney School District is bringing meals to students with the use of a "Lunch Bus" that travels to a number of locations on weekdays. It serves kids and teenagers who are 18 years old or younger, even if they're not students in the district.

    More

    This summer, the Caesar Rodney School District is bringing meals to students with the use of a "Lunch Bus" that travels to a number of locations on weekdays. It serves kids and teenagers who are 18 years old or younger, even if they're not students in the district.

    More
  • Woman Stabbed to Death Outside Hospital on Virginia's Eastern Shore

    Woman Stabbed to Death Outside Hospital on Virginia's Eastern Shore

    Authorities say a woman was stabbed to death outside a hospital in Northampton County on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Northampton County Sheriff David L. Doughty Jr. says 42-year-old Shelli L. Crockett of Keller, Virginia, died after being attacked Monday morning during a domestic dispute in a parking lot outside Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.

    More

    Authorities say a woman was stabbed to death outside a hospital in Northampton County on Virginia's Eastern Shore. Northampton County Sheriff David L. Doughty Jr. says 42-year-old Shelli L. Crockett of Keller, Virginia, died after being attacked Monday morning during a domestic dispute in a parking lot outside Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices