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Delaware Looks to Stop People With Mental Health Issues From Having a Gun With Beau Biden Gun Violence Prevention Act

The Beau Biden Gun Violence Prevention Act aims to restrict access to firearms for those who mental health professionals believe present a danger to themselves or others.

A new piece of gun legislation named for the son of former Vice President Joe Biden looks to restrict people with mental health issues from getting access to firearms.

Delaware Gov. John Carney signed the Beau Biden Gun Violence Prevention Act while surrounded by Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and other Biden family members outside the Biden Institute on the campus of the University of Delaware Monday afternoon.

The law aims to restrict access to firearms for those who mental health professionals believe present a danger to themselves or others. It’s similar to legislation Beau Biden championed when he was Delaware's attorney general.

"This legislation... takes responsible steps to protect Delaware communities by keeping firearms away from those who pose a danger to themselves or others," Carney said ahead of Monday’s bill signing. 

"This is commonsense, bipartisan reform that will make our state safer, while protecting the due process rights of all Delawareans," Carney said. "I look forward to signing this important piece of legislation, and I would urge all legislators to take additional action on gun safety reform that will make our state safer."

Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015.

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