Colin Bonini on Gun Control



Opposed mandating safe storage of loaded firearms

Legislative Summary:HB63: 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 can access the firearm.

National Rifle Association NRA-ILA case to vote NO: This mandatory storage law would do nothing more than render firearms useless in self-defense situations. Criminals love this bill as it tips the scales in their favor in self-defense situations.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 13-8-0 on Apr/17/19; State Sen. Colin Bonini voted NO; Passed House 23-18-0 on Jun/4/19; Signed by Governor John Carney on Jun/6/19

Source: NRA-ILA on Delaware legislative voting records HB63 , Apr 17, 2019

Don't require owners of lost/stolen handguns to report it

SB16: This bill would require owners of lost or stolen handguns to report such loss or theft.

Giffords Law Center opinion to vote YES:Laws that require firearm owners to notify law enforcement about the loss or theft of a firearm help deter gun˙trafficking and straw purchasing. They can also help law enforcement disarm individuals who become ineligible to possess firearms.

NRA-ILA opinion to vote NO:SB 16 does nothing to solve an existing crime problem but is an ideological attack on gun ownership. It imposes policies to criminalize victims of crime and subjects anyone who does not follow these arbitrary laws to heavy fines or felony charges that would take away their right to possess a firearm legally.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 11-10-0 on May/2/13; State Sen. Colin Bonini voted NO; passed House 22-19-0 on May/14/13; signed by Governor Jack Markell on Jun/12/13.

Source: NRA-ILA on Delaware State Legislature voting records SB16 , May 2, 2013

Don't add state mental health records to national database

HB48: Delaware is one of only 10 states that have provided no information on mentally ill individuals to the federal database. This bill authorizes state agencies to provide such information to NICS [National Instant Criminal Background Check System].

Analysis by WHYY, 4/13/11: [HB48] would provide mental health records to a national database in an effort to prevent those with severe mental illnesses from purchasing guns. A severely mentally ill's person's health records are not available to firearms retailers outside [Delaware now].

ACLU opposition 5/30/03: The ACLU believes that this easy, warrantless access to our medical information violates the Fourth Amendment. However, because HIPAA regulations have only recently gone into effect, their constitutionality remains largely untested.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 36-0-5 on Jun/2/11; passed Senate 11-8-2 on May/31/11; State Sen. Colin Bonini voted NO; signed by Gov. Markell on Jul/13/11

Source: WHYY & ACLU on Delaware Legislature voting records SB211 , May 31, 2011

Rated 93% by the NRA, indicating a pro-gun rights voting record.

Bonini scores 93% by NRA on pro-gun rights policies

While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America`s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service our nearly three million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs.

The following ratings are based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionaire sent to all Congressional candidates; the NRA assigned a letter grade (with A+ being the highest and F being the lowest).

Source: NRA website 10-NRA on Aug 11, 2010

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