FLASH: The Supreme Court of the Unitest States has affirmed D.C. v. Heller (aka The DC Gun Case) on Thusday, June 26th, 2008, protecting the individual right to keep and bear arms. Below are a few resource links:
· Court Decision
· Audio Recording of Oral Arguments
· Oral Arguments Transcript
· Supreme Court of the United States Blog (ScotusBlog)
· Illegal New Castle County Park Ordinance: New Castle County currently has an ordinance on the books that illegally prohibits law-aibiding citizens from carrying a firearm and the County Council is reluctant to change it. (Read More).
· Newark Ordinance Revision: Partial success! In the latter half of 2007, the City of Newark was considering revising local ordinances to remove the prohibition on concealed carry, since state law already prohibits it with a harsher penalty. As law-abiding citizens, we fully agree with this change. The Council sought, however, to replace the ordinance with one that prohibited the open carry of firearms -- it even got as far as a first reading! Thankfully, the City Solicitor was informed that municipalities are prohibited from regulating the carrying of firearms and recommended that Bill 07-39 be defeated.
UPDATE: SUCCESS! Newark has amended its ordinance to defer to state law with regards to open and concealed carry within its limits, giving us clear law by which to follow and harsher penalties for those who would break the law.
Read the internal letters and memos here.
Even though the bill has been defeated, we feel it prudent that the existing Newark ordinance prohibiting concealed carry be repealed in favor of using Delaware law with the stronger penalty.
· Illegal Newark Park Regulation: The City of Newark enacted a park regulation on June 27th, 1988 -- Chapter 2, Article VII, Sec. 2-71(j) -- that illegally prohibits the possession of a firearm in city parks. This conflicts with state preemption (Title 22, Chapter 1, § 111). This issue will be tracked on this forum post.
· Dover Non-Prempted Ordinance: The City of Dover has a local ordinance which falls outside of the scope of pre-emption which requires a permit to open or conceal carry. Much like Newark is attempting to do, repealing this legislation to rely soley on Delaware law as a source for unified firearms law would be beneficial to both the state, law enforcement and its citizens.