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Carney Calls on Delaware Lawmakers to Approve Gun Control Proposals, Voting Reforms

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Delaware Gov. John Carney gave his state of the state address Thursday afternoon. (Photo: WBOC) Delaware Gov. John Carney gave his state of the state address Thursday afternoon. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- Delaware Gov. John Carney on Thursday called on lawmakers to back a plan to boost education spending for disadvantaged students, a ban on so-called "ghost guns," and a proposal to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21 years of age.

In his annual State of the State speech, the Democratic governor said he planned to work with lawmakers on those issues during the 2019 legislative session, which features nearly a quarter of new members joining the 150th General Assembly. Democrats padded their margins in both chamber by one seat.

"Delawareans are tired of the fighting in Washington, D.C. They’re tired of gridlock and negativity, and of politics as usual. They want us – they’re asking us – to be different. To be better," he said. 

Carney reiterated a pledge he made earlier this week to split $60 million in weighted funding to the state's school districts over the next three years to benefit students whose primary language is not English and children who are from low-income families.

But Carney also pledged support for gun control measures, including bans on 3-D printed firearms and weapons without serial numbers that are assembled from parts by the owner. He also thanked Senate President Pro-Tem David McBride (D-Hawks Nest) for pledging to bring a proposed ban on certain semi-automatic weapons dubbed by many lawmakers to be "assault weapons" to the floor for a full debate.

"It’s the right thing to do," he said.

Carney also called on lawmakers to pass legislation legalizing early voting and same-day voter registration.

"Right now, Delaware lags behind in making it easy and convenient for people to exercise their right to vote," he said. "We’re going to change that."

Click here to read Carney's state of the state speech in its entirety.

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