Bethany Hall-Long on Gun Control



Worked with state legislature to pass assault weapons ban

Committed to keeping communities safe, she was proud to work with legislators to pass Delaware's assault weapons ban and reforms to make our criminal justice system more equitable.
Source: 2024 Delaware Governor campaign website BethanyForDE.com , Oct 19, 2023

Weapons like the AR-15 have no place in our communities

These bills focus on weapons like the AR-15 that are designed to kill as many people as possible. They have no place in our communities, and Delaware families will be safer because of these bills.
Source: Twitter posting on 2024 Delaware Gubernatorial race , Jul 19, 2023

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. Bethany Hall-Long 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

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. Hall-Long voted YES; signed by Gov. Markell on Jul/13/11

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

Other governors on Gun Control: Bethany Hall-Long on other issues:
Gubernatorial Debates 2023:
KY: Incumbent Andy Beshear(D)
vs.State A.G. Daniel Cameron(R)

vs.Ambassador Kelly Craft(R)
vs.State Auditor Mike Harmon(R)
LA: Incumbent John Bel Edwards(D,term-limited)
vs.Jeff Landry(R)
vs.Shawn Wilson(D)
vs.John Schroder(R)
vs.Sharon Hewitt(R)
MS: Incumbent Tate Reeves(R)
vs.Bill Waller(R,withdrew)
vs.Brandon Presley(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2024:
DE: Gov. John Carney (D, term-limited);
Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long (D)
vs. Matt Meyer (D)
IN: Gov. Eric Holcomb (R, term-limited);
Sen. Mike Braun (R)
vs. Suzanne Crouch (R)
vs. Jennifer McCormick (D)
MO: Gov. Mike Parson (R, term-limited):
Jay Ashcroft (R)
vs. Bill Eigel (R)
vs. Mike Kehoe (R)
vs. Crystal Quade (D)
MT: Gov. Greg Gianforte (R)
vs. Tanner Smith (R)
vs. Ryan Busse (D)
Gubernatorial Debates 2024 (continued):
NC: Gov. Roy Cooper (D, term-limited);
Dale Folwell (R)
vs. Michael Morgan (D)
vs. Mark Robinson (R)
vs. Josh Stein (D)
vs. Andy Wells (R)
ND: Gov. Doug Burgum (R)
vs. State Rep. Rick Becker (R)
NH: Gov. Chris Sununu (R, retiring)
vs. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R)
vs. Joyce Craig (D)
vs. Chuck Morse (R)
vs. Cinde Warmington (D)
UT: Gov. Spencer Cox (R)
vs. State Rep. Phil Lyman (R)
VT: Gov. Phil Scott (R) unopposed
WA: Gov. Jay Inslee (D, retiring);
Hilary Franz (D, withdrew)
vs. State Sen. Mark Mullet (D)
vs. County Chair Semi Bird (R)
vs. WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson (D)
WV: Gov. Jim Justice (R, term-limited);
vs. WV State Auditor JB McCuskey (R, withdrew)
vs. WV Secretary of State Mac Warner (R)
vs. State Del. Moore Capito (R)
vs. WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R)
vs. Huntington Mayor Steve Williams (D)
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