DE HB302 | 2017-2018 | 149th General Assembly


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 9-0)
Status: Introduced on January 16 2018 - 25% progression
Action: 2018-01-16 - Introduced and Assigned to House Administration Committee in House
Pending: House Administration Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Draft #1) [HTML]


This Act is designed to create procedures in Delaware for making sure firearms are not in the hands of dangerous individuals while protecting due process and not creating a barrier to care for those suffering from mental illness. Instead of labelling all individuals with a mental health diagnosis as dangerous, this Act refocuses attention on individuals who have indicated they are dangerous to others or themselves. Statistically, mental illness has little to do with homicide perpetration but rather increases the chance of being a victim of violence. This Act looks instead for propensities of violence, a much more reliable and evidence-based metric. This metric will also ensure that Delaware can provide care to those more likely to commit violent acts and help destigmatize mental illness here in Delaware.

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An Act To Amend Title 11 And Title 16 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Individuals With Mental Illness.



2018-01-16 Introduced and Assigned to House Administration Committee in House

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