Delaware officials unveil gun legislation

Incumbent Delaware Gov. Jack Markell speaks with reporters at the Delaware Democratic Party Election Night at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Markell has easily won election to a second term, defeating Republican Jeff Cragg. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

January 14, 2013 9:39:20 AM PST
Gov. Jack Markell is proposing background checks for private gun sales as part of a new package of gun control legislation for Delaware.

The proposal to end the so-called gun show loophole is one of several announced by state officials Monday following the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut last month.

Others include banning military-style, assault-type weapons and ammunition clips holding more than five rounds for rifles and 10 rounds for handguns.

Officials also are proposing a ban on guns within 1,000 feet of schools and mandatory reporting of lost and stolen firearms.

Attorney General Beau Biden said the proposed ban on assault-type weapons likely will generate the most intense debate in the legislature, but that he believes it is consistent with the Second Amendment right to bear arms.