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Gun-control bill shot down in Delaware

The Delaware Senate on Thursday rejected a measure that would have made it easier to confiscate firearms from mental-health patients.

The Delaware Senate rejected a bill that would have made it easier to confiscate guns from mental-health patients. Credit: Reuters The Delaware Senate rejected a bill that would have made it easier to confiscate guns from mental-health patients.
Credit: Reuters

The Delaware Senate on Thursday rejected a measure that would have cleared the way for the confiscation of firearms when mental-health professionals feel patients may harm themselves or others.

The gun-control bill, which was backed by Attorney General Beau Biden -- the son of Vice President Joe Biden -- was rejected by a 13-6 margin, The News Journal of Wilmington reports.

The measure had been approved by the General Assembly, 40-1.

The bill would have required mental-health professionals to contact police whenever they suspect patients may commit an act of violence. Police would then investigate situations and file reports with the Department of Justice, whose attorneys could petition judges for orders compelling the patients to turn over their firearms.

One senator who voted against the bill told The News Journal his constituents were concerned the proposed law would be inappropriately applied.

A lobbyist for the National Rifle Association told the paper the organization was neutral on the gun-control bill.

 
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