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Nanticoke Sportsmen's Club

26086 Bethel-Concord Rd. Seaford, DE 19973

January 2024 Legislative News and Action Needed

Delaware State Sportsmen's Association (DSSA) and Delaware Gun Rights (DGR) is hosting a Rally on January 10th at 12 noon on the "Green" by the "Bell". The rally attendee's will move inside Legislative Hall to show disapproval of proposed anti-gun bills slated for this session. Last years rally was not supported as well as in past years so please make every effort to support your gun rights.
Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 2also known as the Permit to Purchase Bill, flies in the face of the constitutional right granted to all Delawareans to acquire, possess, and use firearms for hunting, recreation, and defense. 
House and Senate Democrats, which enjoy large majorities in both legislative chambers, are pushing the bill through the process believing this infringement on the rights of law-abiding citizens will prevent criminals from acquiring and using handguns. 
A study by Delaware's Criminal Justice Council Statistical Analysis Center exposes this flawed assumption. As detailed in Delaware Shootings 2020 - An Analysis of Incidents, Suspects, and Victims, of the 158 people suspected of being involved with a shooting that year, more than three-quarters (77%) had at least one arrest for a violent felony, with 57% having at least three such arrests. Of the 346 shooting victims, 73% had at least one violent felony arrest, with nearly 55% having three or more. So, although previously convicted felons are apparently responsible for the bulk of gun-related crimes, Democrats believe these criminals will obey their Permit to Purchase bill once its enacted
H.B 270 Ammunition Bill
This Act creates a civil penalty for any sale or display of ammunition that allows the ammunition to be accessible to a purchaser or transferee without the assistance of the vendor or an employee of the vendor. Ammunition in an enclosed display case, behind a counter or other customer access preventing device is not considered accessible for purposes of this section. A violation of this section carries a penalty of $1,000 for a first offense, $5,000 for the second, and $10,000 for a third or subsequent offense. This Act also requires that a deadly weapons dealer must include with their license application and renewal application a description of their theft and loss prevention policies and procedures as well as a report of all ammunition losses or theft within the prior year. The Act specifies that shoplifting is a class G felony, regardless of the value of the shoplifted goods, where the item shoplifted is ammunition. Finally, the Act increases the maximum monetary penalty to $1,000 for violation of the provisions requiring a license to sell deadly weapons, sale to those under 21 or intoxicated persons, failing to keep required records, or failing to comply with the requirements for background checks between unlicensed persons. It takes effect 1 year after its enactment.
This Bill will be devastating to our "brick and motor" gun shops that have limited space to follow the law and very well could put them out of business to accommodate the law.
The orgins of this Bill is the result of thousands of dollars of ammunition stolen/shoplifted from Calbelas the following years after COVID. The Delaware Attorney General suit against Cabelas over the stolen ammunition is still pending. Cabelas has moved all ammo off the sales floor behind glass counters.
Please contact by phone or E-mail your District Senator on Senate Bill 1 and District House Representative on House Bill 270 via the link provided below (copy and paste links).
Delaware General Assembly
House Members:

DSSA files Law Suit in Federal District Court

The Delaware State Sportsmen's Association today filed a Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
DSSA has maintained ever since HB 450 was introduced that the legislation violates both the Delaware Constitution Bill of Rights, Article 20 and the 2nd Amendment of the United States Constitution.
DSSA has also stated from the start that if this piece of legislation was passed and signed by the Governor that we would sue. We have kept that promise with the filing today.
A copy of the complaint can be found here:
The fight has just begun. There are several other pieces of legislation that DSSA will be challenging. So stay tuned.
Federal District Court won't hear the case until 2023. 

D.S.S.A. and Delaware Gun Rights

Special Thanks to Delaware State Sportsmen's Association (D.S.S.A) and Delaware Gun Rights (D.G.R.) for their staunch support of our 2A Gun Rights. Please support these organizations by becoming a member or donating to those who support us.