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2 TUESDAY, APRIL 2- THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2013 NEWS Cape Gazette Amendment prohibits statewide gun registration system By Kara Nuzback use information gathered from background checks to build a list of people who own firearms. A bill to require background ".We're making sure we're tak- checks for the private sale of fire- ing away a lot of the fear people arms was approved by the House have about passing this bill," March 28. Background checks Schwartzkopfsaid. are already required for the sale Another amendment stipulates or transfer of a gun through a firearm transfer records would licensed dealer in Delaware. not be subject to the Freedom of Representatives approved HB Information Act. 35 in a vote of 24,17. FiveDemo- Some amendments added crats voted against the bill. Rep. more exemptions for background John Atkins, D-Mitlsboro at- checks. HB 35 included ex- tempted to add an amendment to emptions for law enforcement the measure that would exempt officers and immediate family shotguns. "This came straight members. from my constituents," he said, Amendments to the bill in- The amendment failed by a clude exemptions for gun owners voice vote. with concealed carry permits, The House approved 10 oth- people who repair firearms and er amendments introduced by then return them to their owner, spoflsors of liB35. The bill's lead or transfers facilitated by the sponsor, House Majority Lead- death of a gun owner. er Valerie Longhurst, D-Bear, Background checks also would said the March 26 amendments not be required for the sale of stemmed from public testimony curios and relics to licensed col- against the bill at two House ]udi- lectors. ciary Committee hearings March Another amendment stipulates 13 and March 20 - including one no fee to return a firearm to its that states Delaware will not es- owner after a potential buyer tablish a gun registration system, fails a background check during House Speaker Pete Schwartz- a private sale. kopf, D-Rehoboth Beach, said HB 35 requires licensed dealers the amendment makes it ille- to perform background checks gal for a licensed gun dealer to for all private sales or transfers. background check with the State ing this common-sense measure Bureau of Identification. to help keep firearms out the "This shows that we have hands of people who should not listened to the NR s and gun- have them, or if they will simply rights advocates' concerns, and stand in the way of taking rea- where there is agreement, we sonable action." are making those changes," ton- The bill now heads to the Sel/- ghurst said in a press release, ate for a final vote. To read HB "The question now is whether 35 and its amendments, go to the NRA will join us in support- Briefly )) Dewey council to interview alderman Dewey Beach Town Council will meet at 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, and WedneSday, April 3, at Dewey Beach Life Saving Station on Dagsworthy Avenue. Commissioners will hold closed- door sessions to conduct iob interviews for an assistant alder- man. For a complete agenda, visit Sussex, 6eorgetown to Light It Up Blue April 2 Georgetown's historic Circle will join New York's famed Em- pire State Building, the iconic Sydney Opera House and a host of other landmarks both big and small around the world this April. Sussex County Council and the Town of Georgetown have joined forces in the Autism Speaks or- ganization's annual Light It Up Blue campaign for the month of April. Beginning Tuesday, April 2, on World Autism Awareness Day, The Circle and public build- ings surrounding it, including the County Administrative Offices building, town hall, and others, will be splashed with blue light- ing to show the community's support. April is Autism Aware- ness Month. The Light It Up Blue effort is an annual campaign organized by Autism Speaks to raise awareness about autism. This local effort is the latest awareness campaign supported by the town, county, state of Delaware, as well as various busi- nesses on The Circle. In recent months, many buildings on The Circle have taken part in lighting campaigns to raise awareness about breast cancer and heart health. "Statistics show that one in 88 children is diagnosed with some form of autism today. It affects so many families across the United States, including right here in Sussex County," County Council President Michael Vincent said. 'Awareness campaigns like the Light It Up Blue effort are just a small way communities can show support and come together to help unlock the mysteries of the disorder." Town Manager Gene Dvornick agreed. "The town is proud to help raise awareness for this im- portant cause, lust getting people to think about autism and the ef- fects it has on so many children's lives is the first step in winning the battle." At the March 20 committee hearing, members of thepublic Lawmakers approve tax increases testified HB 35 discriminated against the poor by allowing li- Income, gross receipts taxes permanent censed dealers to charge $50 for each background check. Under By Kara Nuzback support lower rates. an amendment to the bill, the The Senate on March 28 charge for a background check approved four bills to make in- would be $30. Increases in Delaware's per- creases in the state's personal Citizens also testified the bill sonal income tax, gross receipts income tax, corporate franchise discriminated against anyone tax, estate tax and corporate tax, gross receipts tax and estate without photo identification, franchise tax were scheduled to tax permanent. In all four cases, Under an amendment, any citi- expire this year, but legislators the 13 Democrats in the Senate zens with religious objections voted to keep the increases in voted to approve the increases, to photo identification, such as place. Democrats, who hold while the eight Republican sena- the 'Amish community, could the majority in the House and Continued on page 4 instead undergo a fingerprint Senate, say the economy cannot Products that we carry: Miracle Gro Moisture Control Organic Garden Soil Humus and Manure Scoffs Plant Food Saturday Now carrying a full line of your favorite Miracle-Gro soil products. 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