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Delaware Gov. Markell says there is wide support for gun background checks in the First State

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Delaware Gov. Jack Markell said Wednesday there is broad support for universal background checks on firearm sales in his state as he pushes a package of gun-control bills through the legislature in Dover. 

“First of all, it’s really less about gun control and more about common-sense proposals to reduce gun violence and keep weapons out of the wrong hands,” Mr. Markell, a Democrat, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

The governor unveiled his five proposals in January, exactly one month after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults. 

His legislation would require background checks for private gun sales, require residents to report lost or stolen firearms, ban the manufacture, sale and delivery of large-capacity magazines and military-style weapons — which are two separate bills — and ban possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school.

Mr. Markell said there is “overwhelming public support” for the background-check bill, which recently passed a state House committee and is about to go before the full chamber.

Nonetheless, he said it will be hard to push the measures through the full legislature and there is a “disconnect” between those who promote gun restrictions and those who feel the government is infringing on their rights.

“That’s not what this is about. There’s nothing in any of our proposals that has anything to do with confiscation of weapons,” he told the show. “We support the Second Amendment.”

 

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