Bill would let Wilmington enact its own gun laws

Wilmington would be able to deal with its gun violence problem in its own way if one state representative gets her way.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

Rep. Stephanie Bolden wants Wilmington be exempt from a state law that bars the troubled city and all municipalities from enacting its own gun laws.

"This allows the council and the mayor to have the ability to look at their situation and police it," says Bolden.

The former city councilwoman argues Wilmington is plagued by drug wars and no other municipality needs this like Wilmington does.

"We just get negative publicity constantly with no ability to do anything about it, to make any changes," she says.

She says Wilmington's close proximity to other cities increases the rate of violence.]

"People infiltrate our city and establish gangs and drug wars, and we end up being the city that's number three, nationally, in terms of crime, and we are not able to do anything about it, and it really becomes pathetic," Bolden says.

Bolden insists her bill would not exempt Wilmington from Governor Markell's proposed gun measures.

"Markell's are state laws, this doesn't in anyway effect any laws that Governor Markell is doing for background checks and gun shows. This just makes those laws stronger," says Bolden.

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