Mayor Williams Supports State's New Guns Safety Proposals

Posted on  01/17/2013 12:30 pm

(Wilmington, DE) - Mayor Dennis Williams stands beside the series of new gun safety proposals presented by Governor Jack Markell, Lt. Governor Matt Denn and Attorney General Beau Biden. The proposals seek to create safer communities and keep guns out of the reach of those who should not possess them.

“Strengthening gun laws is a critical step to ensuring the public’s safety, and the gun proposals presented by Governor Markell, Lt. Governor Denn and Attorney General Biden clearly reflect that. It is important for Wilmington and Delaware to be proactive in regards to safety,” said Mayor Williams.

The gun safety proposals come in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and 6 adults tragically lost their lives. Locally, gun violence is an issue that affected several families in the Wilmington, as 26 people were fatally shot in the city during 2012.

“Gun violence will not be tolerated under my administration. We will work with Chief Dunning and the Wilmington Police Department to implement effective ways to deter gun violence on the street,” said Mayor Williams.

The five new gun safety proposals include:

  1. Requiring Background Checks for Private Firearm Sales
  2. Requiring the Reporting of Lost and Stolen Firearms
  3. Banning the Sale, Manufacture, Delivery and Unlawful Possession of Large-Capacity Magazines
  4. Banning the Manufacture, Sale, Delivery and Unlawful Possession of Military Weapons
  5. Banning Possession of a Firearm Within 1,000 Feet of a School