Delaware Senate passes universal background check legislation!/ShuttleCDRKelly/status/325014564393586688

While former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was appearing alongside President Obama in the Rose Garden as he scolded the Senate for failing to pass expanded gun control measures, her husband, Mark Kelly, was having better luck in Delaware lobbying for universal background checks. The state senate voted 13-8 this afternoon to approve a bill requiring background checks on buyers in private gun sales.

Background check bill (@replonghurst) passes Senate 13-8, goes to @governormarkell for signature.

— DE House Democrats (@DEHouseDems) April 18, 2013

Despite claims that 90 percent of Americans (or more) support universal background checks, Delaware Online reports that “advocates for the state bill were far outnumbered by opponents at Wednesday’s hearing” at which Kelly testified.

Gov. Jack Markell called Wednesday’s vote in D.C. “an opportunity squandered.”

An opportunity squandered in D.C. was embraced in #DoverDE with the passing of HB35 to expand background checks for gun purchases. #netDE

— Gov. Jack Markell (@GovernorMarkell) April 18, 2013

@governormarkell #DoverDE #netDE preventing further erosion of the Bill of Rights is hardly an opportunity squandered.

— Jim Mutter (@JimMutter) April 18, 2013

On Monday, the Delaware State Senate voted 15-6 to eliminate a five-year waiting period for reinstatement of voting rights to felons convicted of non-violent crimes. Some called the legislation the “Restoration of Rights Bill.”

Delaware approves bill to re-instate voting rights to non-violent criminals who have finished their sentence:

— Zarwin Baum (@ZarwinBaum) April 17, 2013

Restoration Of Rights Bill Passes In Delaware: Once Signed into Law the Bill will Amend the State Constituti…

— (@TemiaBrinson) April 17, 2013

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