Reader says proposed gun laws won’t make state safer


Editor:

My last letter attempted to address the poorly written “assault weapon” ban, Bill No. 68, which is coming up for discussion soon. In conjunction with that bill, two other bills affecting gun-owner rights in Delaware are due for votes shortly.

Bill No. 70, Delaware Large Capacity Magazine Prohibition Act of 2019, is another inadequate attempt by Sen. Sokola, Sen. Townsend and others to implement some type of gun control in Delaware. The bill demonstrates their total lack of knowledge in the area they are trying to regulate.

Let’s try to examine Bill No. 70 for a reality check. First, the authors define a large-capacity magazine as having the capacity of more than 15 rounds of ammunition, which I believe addresses their desire to get rid of 20, 30 and higher capacity magazines.

Again, you must ask yourself would this bill, if passed, make us safer in Delaware. The answer again, as in the “assault weapon” ban bill, is no. While the current proposed bill may help when dealing with handguns, it will have little to no effect on “assault weapons” or modern sporting rifles, whichever term you prefer.

The reason is obvious to anyone who has been in the military or is familiar at all with firearms. Magazines can be attached to one another, in an upside-down configuration. When one magazine is empty, it is ejected and turned around for another full magazine to be inserted. The process takes a couple of seconds to complete.

So the “legal” 15-round capacity magazine approved by this bill really becomes, in effect, a 30-round capacity magazine that can still be in compliance with the proposed law, because they are two magazines with 15-round capacities each. This modification can be done using commercially available accessories or simple tape.

Will you feel safer if this bill passes? You shouldn’t.

The bill also attempts to describe a “large-capacity magazine” as one having a removable floor plate or end plate that can be “readily” extended to accept more than 15 rounds. Don’t know where to start with the lack of knowledge in this section.

First, most magazines, even those with less than 15-round capacity, have removable floor plates. Floor plates are removed for cleaning purposes and to replace springs that may be worn. So based on this very inadequate definition, a five- or 10-round magazine with a removable floor plate could be considered a “large-capacity” magazine and be prohibited. Perhaps that is the ultimate goal of the Senators that drafted this illogical bill — something to think about.

The creators of the bill use the terms “readily be extended” and “readily be converted” but never define what they mean by “readily.” As with their other bills attempting gun control, they either stay intentionally vague, don’t know how to explain what they mean, or just don’t know what they are talking about. None of those explanations should be the case for people we elect to run our government.

Section c. 5 of the bill provides exemptions to several categories of individual, which include those holding valid concealed-carry permits. This exclusion will have the unintended effect of moving more people to get concealed carry permits, especially if Senate Bill No. 69 is passed, regulating firearms purchases.

That ludicrous bill, which attempts to negate the U.S. Constitution Second Amendment in Delaware and alter the Delaware Constitution, will also push more people to acquire concealed carry permits because the requirement to purchase are about the same as getting a concealed-carry permit. Only our esteemed legislators could create “gun control” bills that have the unintended consequence of having more people carrying guns in the state. Unbelievable.

The end result of all three of these horribly-written and ill-conceived “gun control” bills is that the citizens of Delaware are going to be no safer than they were before the bills were passed, and there are going be more citizens of Delaware roaming our streets with lawfully-acquired concealed weapons. Do you feel safer yet? You shouldn’t.

The Senators writing and sponsoring these types of bills should be embarrassed by their demonstrated lack of knowledge of the subject they are attempting to regulate. The citizens of Delaware should be embarrassed and angry that these Senators are wasting time and effort, and our money (since we pay them), drafting ineffective legislation and legislation that does not make us any safer.

How about addressing the need for more mental health counseling, more drug addiction interventions, more jobs, more help keeping families together? How about we address the core issues that result in people doing horrible things and not the tools they use to do those things? That would be a better, and more productive, use of our legislators’ time and effort.

 

Lou Scrivani

Frankford