I've gotten a few form letters from Senator Carper and Senator Coons. They're solidly anti-gun, but I sent something anyway. My House Rep., John Carney is also solidly anti-gun. Here's his BS statement after Sandy Hook.
I've received a few responses back from my state legislators. Here's Senator Dave Sokola (D) from my district.
"Thank you for your email.
While I believe gun ownership is a right afforded by the U.S. Constitution and I would not want to infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens, I do not believe that every individual should have the ability to possess a firearm - this includes felons and people with mental illnesses. In the last session, the Delaware General Assembly passed legislation (HB 48) that would require Delaware to report information to the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) database which seeks to prevent individuals, including those who are mentally ill, from purchasing/possessing a firearm. The legislature also passed legislation (SB 25) which established a pilot community firearm recovery program which was designed to help get firearms off the streets. The program appeared to have some promising results, however, when it came time to reauthorize the program, it encountered resistance in the Senate. The reauthorization bill (SB 205) was defeated as it did not receive enough support.
Another very important piece of legislation that did not pass last year was Senate Bill 39. This bill would have closed the "gun show loophole" in Delaware by requiring vendors to have a licensed dealer perform a background check prior to the sale of any firearm at a gun show. Unfortunately, the bill ran into opposition and did not make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. I am hopeful that the author of Senate Bill 39 (Senator McDowell) will reintroduce the bill and that there will be more support for its passage. I was listed as a co-sponsor, and I plan to support the legislation again if and when it is reintroduced. I also believe it is important to pass legislation, either on the state or federal level, to ban assault weapons. The previous ban that was instituted by the federal government in 1994 and which expired in 2004 worked reasonably well. If such a bill is considered on the state level, I plan to cosponsor the bill and advocate for its passage.
Here are links to the bills if you would like to look over them: (I'm not including links in this quotation)So Sokola has just said he's going to advocate for and co-sponsor the gun control I asked him not to. At least we know he stands against liberty and the Delaware Constitution.
The State Rep. for my district has yet to respond, however State Senator Bethany Hall-Long (D) did respond, and I quote.
"Thanks so much for the message. As a "A" rated NRA legislator, I am sensitive to the issues of gun rights, safety & mental health. As a nurse and mom, I am hoping more resources are allocated for mental health as we discuss gun laws etc... I am happy to speak later or call my office 744-4039."
Yours,The anti-gun folks are going to try to steamroll us, so please write your representatives and senators and ask them to oppose gun control measure. Be firm, but polite.