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Delaware Has the Potential to Become the Sixth State to Pass Red Flag Legislation Following the School Shooting in Parkland
Red Flag Laws Could Help Prevent Firearm Suicides and Mass Shootings
DOVER, Del. – The Delaware chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, applauded the Delaware Senate for passing HB 222, a Red Flag bill that would empower law enforcement and with families to seek a Lethal Violence Protection Order (LVPO). An LVPO is a court order that temporarily restricts a person’s access to firearms when they pose a risk of harming themselves or others.
Family members and law enforcement are often the first people to recognize warning signs for violence. This legislation will help prevent tragedies like mass shootings and gun suicides before they happen. The bill now heads to Gov. Carney, who has championed the policy. Recent polling conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of Everytown showed an overwhelming 91 percent of Delawareans, including 81 percent of gun owners, support Red Flag legislation.
STATEMENT FROM SARAH STOWENS, VOLUNTEER LEADER WITH THE DELAWARE CHAPTER OF MOMS DEMAND ACTION FOR GUN SENSE IN AMERICA:
“We are grateful to our lawmakers who have responded to calls for common-sense gun policies from Delawareans throughout the state. We are thrilled Delaware will soon join a list of states who have passed this life-saving legislation after the Parkland tragedy. Delaware continues to be a model for other states by putting gun safety first.”
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs