John Carney on Gun Control
Enforce existing gun laws; do more on mental health
Congressman John Carney came to the Delaware Council for Global and Muslim Affairs to discuss his bid for governor of Delaware. On gun control, Carney stated that he supported common sense regulations, and mainly believed that we should focus on actually
enforcing the laws we already have on the books, since that could potentially stop much of the violence associated with guns.
Carney also discussed the importance of mental health.
He shared a story where he asked a school principal if he had one more dollar, where would it go? The principal responded by saying it would go to a mental health therapist.
Current politics, according to Carney, is dominated by partisanship.
He said that he tries his best to not only represent his constituency, but also to be a moderate, staying away from extremes. But being a moderate means taking shots from both sides, which makes that choice especially hard.
Source: Wilmington News Journal on 2016 Delaware Governor's race
, Mar 10, 2016
Keep guns out of the hands of those who would harm
We passed the Beau Biden Gun Violence Prevention Act and another, similar red flag law. The idea behind both pieces of legislation was really simple. We should keep firearms out of the hands of those intent on harming themselves or others.
Family members and mental health providers can now raise a concern, and a judge decides whether to intervene. These laws have already been used 35 times to date. And they have helped save lives.
Source: 2020 Delaware State of the State address
, Jan 23, 2020
Signed law mandating safe storage of loaded firearms
Legislative Summary:HB63: This Act revises the crime of "unlawfully permitting a child access to a firearm," an existing class A misdemeanor under Delaware law. The offense is renamed "unsafe storage of a firearm" to place emphasis on
firearm safety and proper storage. Under the revised statute, a crime is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly stores or leaves a loaded firearm where a minor or other person prohibited by law can access the firearm.
National Rifle Association NRA-ILA case to vote NO: This mandatory storage law would do nothing more than render firearms useless in self-defense situations. Criminals love this bill as it tips the scales in their favor in
Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 13-8-0 on Apr/17/19; Passed House 23-18-0 on Jun/4/19; Signed by Governor John Carney on Jun/6/19
Source: NRA-ILA on Delaware legislative voting records HB63
, Jun 6, 2019
Ban large-capacity ammunition.
Carney co-sponsored Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act
Amends the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act
Source: H.R.138&S.33 13-HR0138 on Jan 3, 2013
- to prohibit the transfer or possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device, except for its lawful possession within the United States on or before the date of this Act`s enactment; and
- the importation or bringing into the United States of such a device (with some exceptions).
- Identification Markings: Requires a large capacity ammunition feeding device manufactured after this Act`s enactment to be identified by a serial number that clearly shows that the device was manufactured after enactment.
- Whoever knowingly violates this law shall be fined, imprisoned not more than 10 years, or both.
States for Gun Safety: fill void left by no Federal policy.
Carney signed Press release on Gun Safety from 7 Governors
Massachusetts, Delaware and Puerto Rico are joining the `States for Gun Safety` coalition--a multi-state partnership launched this month to combat the gun violence epidemic. With the addition of these new members, the coalition of states now represents over 35 million Americans and will take action to stop gun-related violence in the face of continued federal inaction.
Governor Cuomo (D-NY) said, `It`s time for the horrifying mass shootings that have plagued this country for far too long to spur real action and real policy changes. Our states collectively already have better gun safety laws than the federal government, and by working together to share information and bolster enforcement, we will keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and better protect our communities. If the federal government refuses to act, we will work together to enact the important reforms families deserve, and I welcome these new states to our coalition.`
The three new states will join NY, CT, NJ, and RI in directing their law enforcement intelligence centers to work cooperatively to trace the use of out-of-state guns in crimes and share information in order to intercept criminals transporting illegal guns across state borders.
Additionally, the partner states will also work together to designate an institute of higher education to join the Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium, to fill the void left by the federal government`s 1996 ban on the use of federal funds to study gun violence which has obstructed research efforts across the nation.
Building on these efforts, the states will also work to push the federal government to adopt common-sense gun safety measures. In order to protect families and communities across the region, the group will call on the federal government to swiftly enact universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and a federal waiting period between the purchase and delivery of guns.
Source: Press release on Gun Safety from 7 Governors 18LTR-SGS on Feb 26, 2018
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