One Delaware gun rights group is taking the state to court seeking to overturn the recent passage of new gun laws.
The Delaware State Sportsmen’s Association Inc. has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court for the District of Delaware against the Delaware Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Nathaniel McQueen Jr. in his official capacity as cabinet secretary of the department, and Col. Melissa Zebley in her official capacity as superintendent of the Delaware State Police.
The group claims that when House Bill 450 was signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Carney on June 30, a list of commonly owned weapons such as rifles, shotguns, and pistols, according to the release, were “pejoratively and inaccurately labeling those firearms as ‘assault weapons.’”
Jeff Hague, president of the sportsmen’s association, said the organization has been working to protect and “defending the rights of Delaware’s hunters, sportsmen and women, and law-abiding gun owners” dating back to 1968, according to the release.
“This is not the first time we have challenged unconstitutional and illegal actions of government officials in court, and it will not be the last,” Hague said in the release. “We promised our members and the people of Delaware that if HB450 ever became law we would challenge that law and today we kept that promise.”