By Randall Chase, Associated Press 5:27pm, May 8, 2013 - Updated 9:33am, May 9, 2013
Gov. Markell speaks about Wednesday's bill signing./Courtesy of Governor's OfficeGov. Markell has signed a bill expanding criminal background checks on gun purchases in Delaware to include most transactions between private sellers and buyers.
The legislation signed Wednesday is the first bill in a package of gun control measures proposed by Markell after the Connecticut school shooting in December to be enacted into law
Lawmakers approved the bill after specifying that the state can't use information from background checks to establish any gun registration system, which some opponents claimed was the real intent of the bill.
The bill exempts gun transfers between immediate family members and those in which active-duty or retired law enforcement officers qualified to have firearms are the buyers.
Violation of the law is a misdemeanor upon first offense and a felony for subsequent offenses.
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