Gun Background Checks in Delaware Legislative Committee

Mar 20, 2013


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee is resuming consideration of bill expanding criminal background checks for gun purchases in Delaware to cover sales between private sellers and buyers.

The Judiciary Committee was to resume a hearing Wednesday after it ran out of time last week with opponents still waiting to speak against the bill.

The legislation is part of a gun control package proposed by Gov. Jack Markell after the December massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

Background checks currently are required only for purchases from federally licensed firearms dealers.

Supporters of the bill saying expanding background checks to include private transactions will help keep people who shouldn't have guns from getting them.

Opponents say the legislation targets law-abiding citizens with paperwork while doing nothing to stop the illegal gun trade among criminals.