Delaware's General Assembly on Tuesday voted unanimously to pass a gun control bill named after late state attorney general, and former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau Biden, according to Delaware Online.
The Beau Biden Gun Violence Protection Act allows law enforcement to remove firearms from a person that mental health professionals have found to be a danger to themselves or others. Both the state House and Senate passed the bill unanimously, the Senate after debating for only 40 minutes. Gov. John Carney, D-Del., has already said he will sign the bill once it reaches his desk.
"I personally think it's a really, really important piece of legislation," Carney said Tuesday. "So many of the incidents of gun violence involve folks with mental health issues, and this is a way of adding to the list prohibitions for possession and purchase of firearms."
"My son Beau always believed that there was room for common sense gun safety legislation," Joe Biden said, according to Delaware online. "It is something he supported and worked for his whole professional career, including championing a nearly identical bill as attorney general. While that bill came up short of passage before we lost Beau, he was always confident that we would move in the right direction."
The President of the Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association, praised the bill following its passing.
"It's not perfect, but it's a good start that helps solve part of the puzzle," DSSA President Jeff Hague said. "This deals with the people that are one of the causes of most gun violence involving mass murders rather than putting all the focus on an inanimate object."
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