Delaware Department of Justice
Attorney General
Kathy Jennings

AG Jennings’ 2021 Legislative Priorities

Last year was difficult for all of us, and I’m hopeful that 2021 will bring our country, and our communities, back together.

I’m also hopeful that it will give me the chance to see and hear from you. You shape the causes I fight for, and it’s thanks to you – and the incredible work that so many of you did – that Delaware has made real change in the last two years:

Now we’re hard at work passing new reforms to protect our neighbors, our kids, and our elections. Here are ten of my top priorities for 2021:


Require a permit to purchase; ban assault weapons and high capacity magazines; regulate homemade gun kits; fund body cameras for every officer in Delaware; create a consistent, objective use of force standard


 1. Require a permit to purchase a firearm

There are too many guns on our streets, and it’s too easy for criminals to get them. Owning a gun is a right and a responsibility. That’s why it’s time to join red and blue states alike in requiring a permit and training to purchase a gun. Permit to purchase laws have been shown to reduce gun homicides by 40% and gun suicides by 15%.  You need a license to drive a car; you ought to have one to buy a gun.


2. Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines

These are killing machines that have no place in our communities. Period.


3. Regulate homemade gun kits

Homemade gun kits are playing increasing roles in Delaware’s shootings. It’s time for us to take action.

4. Fund body cameras for every police officer in Delaware

I proposed 15 reforms in the wake of last summer’s protests, starting with a call to put a body camera on every police officer in our state. Governor Carney included funding for body cameras in this year’s budget proposal, and in the past year our three biggest cities have all worked to put body cameras in their police departments. It’s time for the First State to become the first state in America to equip every police officer with a body camera.


5. Create a consistent, objective use of force standard

Delaware law uses a vague, confusing standard for the line between legal and illegal use of force. The current standard is hard for police to use, hard for the public to understand, and hard for the Department of Justice to enforce. It’s time to change it.


End cash bail; end excessive fines and fees; outlaw unfair business practices; secure our right to vote; get guns out of polling places


6. End cash bail

Delaware’s bail system isn’t working. Nobody should be in jail just because of their poverty; and violent criminals should never walk free just because of their wealth. It’s time for us to end cash bail, once and for all.


7. End excessive fines and fees

This is a modern-day debtor’s prison.  If we want to reduce recidivism, we have to end the senseless, vicious cycle of court fines and fees that rack up on people who are clearly unable to pay.


8. Outlaw unfair business practices

You may think it’s illegal already, but Delaware is one of only six states that hasn’t explicitly outlawed unfair business practices like coercive sales tactics or charging for services you didn’t request. That’s not company we want to keep. The DOJ is Delaware’s consumer protection agency, and we need the tools to fight for you.


9. Secure our right to vote

We spent much of last year fighting unprecedented attacks on our elections. I even personally argued in court against a lawsuit to throw out nearly 80,000 ballots here in Delaware. So in 2021, I’m pushing every legislative effort to protect our elections and make it easier to vote.  That includes expanding and making permanent the right to vote early and to vote by mail, which the legislature and governor temporarily accomplished during the pandemic.


10.   Get guns out of polling places

A secure vote means voting free of intimidation: we must ban firearms at polling places, plain and simple.



All of these are common sense policies that all of us should be able to get behind. Together, we can get it done—like so much we’ve already accomplished.

So let’s get to work.