Continuing efforts to pass life-saving legislation
Giffords, along with members of the Giffords Delaware Coalition, formerly known as the Delaware Coalition for Common Sense, and other state partners, have joined together again to advocate for House Bill 222. This legislation creates a process for obtaining an Lethal Violence Protective Order which temporarily prohibits a person from possessing a firearm if there is evidence that the individual may be in danger of hurting themselves or others. Since its inception, Giffords has worked with coalition partners and allies in Delaware to strengthen gun laws, beginning in 2013 when co-founder Captain Mark Kelly testified in support of universal background checks legislation which Governor Markell signed into law that year. In 2015 Giffords partnered with the domestic violence community to pass legislation that closed dangerous gaps in Delaware state law that enabled domestic abusers to have access to firearms. This legislation, supported by a Giffords mail program, outlined a firearms relinquishment process for those subject to a domestic violence protection order, and expanded the definition of domestic violence to include partners who are seriously dating or living together. And in 2016, Delaware became one of the first states in the country to close the Charleston Loophole, a gap in our laws that allows the sale of a firearm to proceed after 3 days even if the background check is not completed. This dangerous loophole is what enabled the shooter at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, to purchase a firearm. Delaware closed this gap by extending the time to 25 days before a firearms sale can proceed.
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