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Committee Approves Del. Mandatory Reporting Gun Bill

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - Gun control in Delaware was once again up for debate at Legislative Hall Wednesday. The Senate Judiciary committee discussed the bill requiring reporting of a lost or stolen gun to police within 48 hours of realizing it is gone. Some gun owners feel that burden is unnecessary.

"I think this is a very onerous bill," said one. "I don't want to be made a criminal and have my rights taken away from me."

While not as packed as previous gun control bill hearings, the meeting still spilled out of the Senate Hearing Room into the hallway. Lots of people wanted a say on the proposed law, which would make not reporting the first time a misdemeanor and every time after that a low-grade felony.

Deputy Atty. Gen. Steven Wood says the bill is aimed at bad guys and not about lawful gun owners and lawful gun purchases.

"The problem is after that point," Wood said. "We all have to pitch in to solve this problem. That means some of us are going to have to be inconvenienced to the point of having to pick up the phone, call the police and say 'Someone has stolen my gun.'"

Some echoed the sentiment that police need this law in their arsenal to investigate and prevent crime.

"Senate Bill 16 is a practical, common sense bill," said Renee Taschner, a retired police sergeant. "That will aid our efforts to minimize the availability of weapons for use in criminal acts."

But other weren't buying that.

"It is my opinion this bill does nothing to stop criminals or their crimes," said Paula Clendaniel, from Harrington. "Criminals do not play the rules or obey laws anyway."

The committee voted to approve the bill. It now heads to the full Senate.

Republican Sussex County Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, R-Georgetown, has introduced a bill stopping gun  people from falsely reporting stolen weapons. It did not get a hearing Wednesday.

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