Assault Weapons Ban Introduced to Delaware General Assembly

Delaware Assault Weapons Ban
Delaware Assault Weapons Ban

U.S.A.-( Sen. Bryan Townsend (D-Newark) introduced a new proposed ban on most semiautomatic guns in the Delaware General Assembly on Thursday.

Townsend based the bill on the infamous Maryland Firearm Safety Act of 2013 (“FSA”) which banned most modern sporting rifles. Maryland Democrats used the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut to push the bill through their legislator. It appears that the anti-gun politicians in Delaware are using the Parkland Florida shooting as an excuse to introduce the bill and push it through

The bill would ban 60 specific makes and models of rifles, shotguns, and “assault pistols”. The law goes further and would prohibit any gun that Delaware deems a “copycat weapon.” The legislation would give Delaware almost unlimited power to determine which firearm would fall into this category.

The bill would also prevent the transfer, sale, or manufacture of these firearms. Any firearms companies located in Delaware will have to shut down or leave the state. There is a grandfather clause for citizens that already own these rifles.

The bill states that it is necessary for the safety of the general public, as well as members of Delaware’s law-enforcement community. The legislation falsely asserts that these firearms are used disproportionately to their ownership in mass shootings and the murders of police. It also claims that the banning of these weapons would make criminals less dangerous.

In one part of the bill makes the absurd claim that the differences between semi-automatic firearms and automatic firearms are slight. It then makes the claim that semi-automatic guns are more lethal than automatic guns. It even goes as far as to ban any rifle that looks like an M16.

“These are not firearms used in home defense like handguns or for hunting like other types of rifles,” Townsend said in a statement. “They are derived from the battlefield, and their purpose is to kill in large numbers.”

The bill does acknowledge that some people do use these would-be banned firearms for self-defense. It then goes further and states that most people choose other guns for self-defense. It uses that fact to try to override the self-defense argument.

Stephen Wileford Church Hero
I guess they already forgot when Stephen Wileford used his AR-15 to stop a church shooter.

Townsend also wrongly claims that so-called “assault weapons bullets” can penetrate standard home construction and car doors while handgun rounds cannot. The bill also states that the 5.56 round can easily penetrate body armor. These false statements show that Townsend is either grossly misinformed or he is dishonest. Anti-gun groups have used this tactic in gun control bills in other states.

Townsend also wrote in the legislation that modern sporting rifles give criminals a “military-style advantage” over law enforcement. Most officers have access to AR15s along with training on the platform, and statistically, most criminals do not use AR15s in crimes. Any advantage would be canceled out for these reasons.

The bill sites the fourth circuit court upholding the Constitutionality of the Maryland law as the Constitutional justification for the act. The Supreme Court of The United States refused to hear the appeal of the decision of the fourth circuit court.

Gun rights groups have rejected this far-reaching law that would even ban throwing stars.

“There is no room for compromise or amendments on this,” Jeff Hague, president of Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association told Delaware Online. “This is bad legislation and we will not support it in any manner.”

It will be interesting to see how the debate on this bill plays out in the Delaware General Assembly. The bill is full of misconceptions and false information. Delaware gun owners should contact their representatives. The contact information for the Delaware General Assembly can be found here.

About John CrumpJohn Crump

John is a NRA instructor and a constitutional activist. He is the former CEO of Veritas Firearms, LLC and is the co-host of The Patriot News Podcast which can be found at John has written extensively on the patriot movement including 3%’ers, Oath Keepers, and Militias. In addition to the Patriot movement, John has written about firearms, interviewed people of all walks of life, and on the Constitution. John lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and sons and is currently working on a book on the history of the patriot movement and can be followed on Twitter at @crumpyss or at

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“The bill is full of misconceptions and false information.” This statement describes every single argument for gun control & all the propaganda spewed by the media. It is exactly why the anti-2A movement appears to have gained traction recently. How are there no mechanisms in place to prevent the media from lying & to prevent laws from being enforced when they are passed under false pretenses? Any politician who can be proven a liar or who writes, sponsors, or votes for a bill without exercising due diligence on the subject should be removed from office. And yes I realize such… Read more »

John Ibis

Delaware is very strong “Liberal Democrat controlled” state, they will always raise taxes because they are not very cleaver people to think of ways to solving money issues ,, and always find way to spend your money for useless things,, now they want to take your guns,, later take away the USA Constitution all this is connected to the deep state (fascism) agenda being a Biden the mediator to the head of the leads. This goes back to WW2 and before, yes at this time folks in the US government and other in the business world were for fascism (today… Read more »


Let us all remember one thing. The Second Amendment was designed for the exactly what is happening today. So, all of you Senator’s and Representative’s want the citizens to give up their weapons for protection. Then you all and I mean all give up your security details. I mean no harm but?


Welcome to Biden Land!

Jim W.

Delaware has the same problem the rest of the country has ” YOU CAN’T FIX STUPID ”
it’s just that Bryan Townsend is the poster boy !
He doesn’t know the differences between Automatic and Semi – Automatic firearms .
Hope to vote him out .


Delaware was to march to the tune of the DemocRATic communist/muslem party members who are in control of the Maryland government? Will the idiocy of lunatics never cease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The People of Maryland who are CITIZENS are fighting back at every turn and when ever we can. The People of Maryland choose NOT to be SUBJECTS.


Delaware senators Townsend only show boating to get his name in the media a real low life politician

Missouri Born

Don’t these fools realize that you can put lip stick on a pig but it is still a pig.


“ASSAULT” is a ubiquitous term that can be applied to everything. All guns are assault weapons when used to assualt something. There are therefore assault knives, assault vehicles, assault baseball bats, and at the very core a person can assault another person with bare hands!
Following this thought, the person being the common denominator of all assaults because my gun / knife / truck / baseball bat cannot assault someone by itself, I therefore conclude that there are assault “people”. Since all people can assault another, the only 100% guaranteed way to stop assaults is to ban people.

Heed the Call-up

Voodoo, well that is what the anti-rights groups want, they don’t want people that can think independently, they only want those that mindlessly follow their edicts. They would like us to all go away, or at minimum, not be vocal about our disapproval of their attempts at revoking our rights. That is why they and the media try so hard to marginalize us. The more they push, the more recruits we get. That is the exact reason I joined the rights groups that I did, because of all of the media and politicians lies about us. I decided voting was… Read more »


It would be VERY revealing to see the list of weapons proposed to be banned. Are they copying noo joizzee perhaps.
The ubiquitous Ruger 10/22 is deemed an “assault weapon” there…………….

grim reaper

I think all means of mass transit should be banned. Planes, trains, buses, subways can only lead to a large number of passengers dying in case of an accident or a deranged driver, passenger or pilot. Who’s to say when a malfunction of a mechanical beast will happen and large number of passengers are maimed and or killed. In fact, I think legislation on automobiles should immediately go into affect prohibiting more than two people to a vehicle, thereby cutting down on the number of traffic deaths possible at any one event. To further eliminate large numbers to becoming victims… Read more »

Heed the Call-up

The Brits did ban colonists from assembly, they understood the risk….

Bryan StMartin

We should ban Drs and pharmaceuticals too. They kill 100,000 each year.

chris sliger

a lot more so then any gun that is sold in the USA

Mike murphy

Let us not forget, after Austin, TX, to ban all packages, as well!


Salt ryfls dont bodder me. It’s dem attack spears I fears!


I do not own any assault wepons. Everything I own is anti-assault firearms designed to give me an advantage over any individual(s) who attempt to bring harm to me and my family. I will not give them up.


Better wake up Delaware! Your constitutional right is about to he taken away


The sheep dont care

Marc Disabled Vet

Better Hide Your Mossberg 715t .
It’s a Scary Black Gun.