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

  • 21 thoughts on “Assault Weapons Ban Introduced to Delaware General Assembly

    1. “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 a policy would result in no politicians. That’s the way it should be. Then we can move on to the lawyers.

      1. 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 it continues and called Liberal Democrat) today the liberal democrats only want to change America to a fascism country, this is not speculation, it is true, I am the insider blow the whistle loud.
        7 days before Kennedy was killed by the deep state, Kennedy was going to “show the world the deep state for who they were,, Kennedy said “there is a plot to enslave the world, every man and women and child, before I leave this high and noble office I intend to expose this plot”, soon after he was killed by the deep fascism state.
        Jim Garrison said early 60s at this time said “ I’m afraid, based on my own experience, that fascism will come to America in the name of national security”. He is best known for his investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
        Since Delaware Democrat are the criminal politicians that want fascism ,, ask why they refuse to look at history, which can be at the present our greatest teacher, it is very clear that gun banners know exactly what they are attempting to do on SB163 and HB 330 and any other gun control legislation that -– put the Second Amendment in the crosshairs.

        Time and time again it has been a corrupt government who is responsible for the mass murder of their own people under the deceptive guise of “gun control,” all of which the said dictators implemented.

        ,,, this is not for our safety as they tell you!!!,,,it is for a future dictatorship military government in the pipeline,, safety is for the Liberal Fascism Democrats only, when they inflict a future tyrant government and at the time we have little to nothing to fight back with,, look at history, …….
        In just months after they pass the bills in play the liberal democrats socialist will collect your gun when the criminals break into your home and take them and use for murdering others,,, the liberal democrats criminals will pass the next bill into law to collect your guns when this occurs for your safety again.

        …..Gun Control Dictator Style –
        Tyrants Who Banned Firearms later to only Slaughtering The People. Looking back, who has committed murder in the largest degree.,,,

        Dictators Adolf Hilter, Mao Tze Tung, Josef Stalin, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, etc. list goes on and on,..
        The Liberal Dems are using the young uneducated people for their agenda to ram through a bills that has nothing to do with our safety, not for anyone’s safety! It is a liberal agenda to disarm the people and then get rid of the USA Constitution, for a dictatorship ran by the liberal democrats.

        People, ,, why do you not see it is not for any ones safety!!??,, it’s for their safety,, the liberal democrats,.

        Hitler had a group that just put out propaganda, to get what they needed done and to destroy their opponent(s),, (it is happening now and by the Democrats in Delaware,,,, and the Dems have always use this in the past if you listen closely,,

        Stop worrying about getting that first Krispy cream donut, or face book,,, you are about to see the first steps to a police state in Delaware and then spread across the USA like wild fire and later to be controlled by a tyrant government very close near future.

    2. 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?

    3. 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 .

    4. 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.

    5. “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.

      1. 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 not enough and became active. Clearly I am not alone in this.

    6. 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…………….

    7. 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 I propose no groups larger than 4 people be allowed to congregate in any one place. All sporting events would be banned, waiting at a corner to cross a street would be banned, lines at the unemployment office banned, shopping malls banned. Especially banned would be political rallies where the most dangerous congregate (especially the one at the podium) All in the name of public safety.
      Ya this is a really stupid suggestion to solve an unrealistic existence. I can’t wait to see which legislator will submit it as a bill for passage.

    8. 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.

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

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