DE HB63 | 2019-2020 | 150th General Assembly


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 17-0)
Status: Passed on June 6 2019 - 100% progression
Action: 2019-06-06 - Signed by Governor
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


This Act revises the crime of "unlawfully permitting a child access to a firearm," an existing class A misdemeanor under Delaware law. The offense is renamed "unsafe storage of a firearm" to place emphasis on firearm safety and proper storage. Under the revised statute, a crime is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly stores or leaves a loaded firearm where a minor or other person prohibited by law, or unauthorized person, can access the firearm, and the unauthorized person obtains the firearm. The unauthorized persons use of the firearm to inflict serious physical injury or death is not an element of the offense, but is an aggravating factor. For the purposes of this offense, stores and leaves does not include when firearm is carried by or under the control of the owner or another lawfully-authorized user.

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An Act To Amend Title 11 Of The Delaware Code Relating To Safe Storage Of Firearms.


Roll Calls

2019-06-04 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 23 N: 18 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2019-04-17 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 13 N: 8 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2019-03-26 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 22 N: 19 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2019-06-06 Signed by Governor
2019-06-04 Passed By House. Votes: 23 YES 18 NO
2019-04-17 Passed By Senate. Votes: 13 YES 8 NO
2019-04-17 Amendment SA 2 to HB 63 - Passed By Senate. Votes: 21 YES
2019-04-17 Reported Out of Committee (Executive) in Senate with 1 Favorable, 4 On Its Merits
2019-04-12 Amendment SA 1 to HB 63 - Introduced and Placed With Bill
2019-03-26 Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate
2019-03-26 Passed By House. Votes: 22 YES 19 NO
2019-03-13 Reported Out of Committee (Judiciary) in House with 5 Favorable, 1 On Its Merits
2019-02-28 Introduced and Assigned to Judiciary Committee in House

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Bill Comments