Delaware lawmakers unanimously pass new gun control bill named for Beau Biden

Delaware lawmakers unanimously pass new gun control bill named for Beau Biden
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The Delaware state General Assembly unanimously passed a new "red flag" gun control bill on Tuesday.

The Beau Biden Gun Violence Protection Act would allow police to temporarily seize firearms from someone deemed a danger to themselves or others by mental health professionals, Delaware Online reported


It unanimously passed in the state Senate after 40 minutes of debate. The House unanimously passed the measure back in March.

The bill now heads to the desk of Gov. John CarneyJohn Charles CarneyDelaware mandates COVID-19 vaccines for all school staff Delaware set to raise minimum wage to by 2025 26 governors condemn anti-Asian violence MORE (D), who has said he will sign it.

Carney praised the passage of the bill on Twitter, saying it makes the state of safer “while protecting the due process rights of all Delawareans.”

The legislation is named after Delaware’s late attorney general and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenChina eyes military base on Africa's Atlantic coast: report Biden orders flags be flown at half-staff through Dec. 9 to honor Dole Biden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package MORE’s son who died in 2015  following a battle with brain cancer.

It resembles a bill that Beau Biden had proposed in 2013 but which ended up failing in the state Senate, Delaware Online reported.

"My son Beau always believed that there was room for common sense gun safety legislation," Joe Biden said. "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 “red flag” proposal is one of similar bills pending in 22 states and the District of Columbia, meant to notify law enforcement if a person shows “red flags” of being violent.

The proposal was supported by both gun control and some Second Amendment advocates to help battle gun violence following the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.

The Delaware State Sportsmen's Association, an affiliate of the National Rifle Association, said mental health is at the focus instead of guns themselves.

"It's not perfect, but it's a good start that helps solve part of the puzzle," President Jeff Hague said Tuesday. "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."