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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - New gun-control laws are taking effect in Maryland next week.

An Associated Press review of firearms-related legislation shows many state legislatures across the country mostly fell back into predictable and partisan patterns after mass shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida.

Maryland was one of the Democratically-controlled legislatures in states with already strict gun-control laws that approved new ones.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - For almost half a century, Virginia has used "Virginia is for Lovers" as a slogan to promote tourism in the state.

So when state tourism officials noticed an online retailer using "Virginia is for Gun Lovers," they weren't pleased.

The Virginia Tourism Corp. is now suing the Richmond-based retailer, Recovered Gold LLC.

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A roadside sign in southern Maryland has some upset.

It warns liberals they better get their guns if there is an attempt to impeach President Trump.

CNN reports that the Calvert County sheriff’s office has been hit with numerous comments from both supporters and those attacking the sign.

The Calvert Recorder says that law enforcement has talked with the owner who was not identified.

And it reports that he is thinking about changing it or taking it down.          

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A gun control measure banning high-capacity magazines is headed for consideration by the state House after clearing a committee.

The legislation released from committee Wednesday criminalizes the manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, receipt or unlawful possession of magazines holding more than an approved number of bullets.

As initially written, the bill prohibited magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The bill sponsor later added an amendment permitting magazines holding up to 17 rounds.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware House lawmakers are set to vote on a revised bill banning bump stocks, trigger cranks and similar devices that increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic firearms.

The legislation to be considered Tuesday was previously approved by the House but was later amended in the Senate to lessen the penalty for a first offense of violating the proposed ban from a felony to a misdemeanor.

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Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law a measure aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of those with mental health problems.

It’s called the Beau Biden Gun Violence Prevention Act named after the form state attorney general and son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

Beau Biden backed a similar bill in 2013.

He died from cancer in 2015.

But former the former vice president was on hand for the signing ceremony on Monday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A ban on devices that can increase a semi-automatic rifle's firing rate has cleared the Maryland General Assembly.

The bill was approved by the Senate Wednesday, sending it to Gov. Larry Hogan who has said he will sign it.

The measure bans bump stocks. They can make a semi-automatic rifle's firing rate nearly fully automatic.

Bump stocks were used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year that killed 58 people and wounded more than 800.

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The National Rifle Association has been a big supporter of Congressman Andy Harris with a total of over $25-thousand since his 2008 campaign.

His Democratic colleagues have not taken any money from gun rights or gun safety groups so far this year.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that so far he has received nearly $2-thousand so far this year according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

The paper reports that Harris’s office did not respond for comment.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are introducing legislation to raise the age for all firearm purchases in Delaware to 21.

The proposal comes in the wake of last month's school shooting in Florida and echoes efforts in other states and decisions by Wal-Mart and Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods to raise the age for all gun purchases.

Under current law, a person in Delaware must be 21 to buy a handgun, the type of firearm most often used in crimes and suicides.

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Students from Richard Montgomery High in Rockville, Maryland rallied in the nation’s capital calling for stronger gun control legislation.

In their protest in front of the White House Daniel Gelillo, a senior at the school, said that student must pressure lawmakers to force them to act on gun control.

He told the Associated Press that until now nothing had an impact on lawmakers.

Gelillo noted that there had been a number of shootings from Orlando and Las Vegas to now the high school in Parkland that left 17 people dead.

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LEONARDTOWN, Md. (AP) - Two Maryland teenagers have been charged with making threats after they talked about bringing guns to school.

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office said it received a call Friday about two Leonardtown High School students who were discussing a recent school shooting.

According to police, the teens were overheard discussing bringing guns to school and how they were too smart to get caught.

Deputies investigated and learned one of the teens had access to numerous firearms and had made posts on social media that were a cause for concern.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Republican running for a Maryland legislative seat raffled off an AR-15 assault weapon at a Saturday night fundraiser, only days after the same type of weapon was used to kill 17 people at a Florida high school.

The Baltimore Sun reported that about 15 people held a peaceful vigil outside, reading off the names of the 17 victims, as well as others killed in mass shootings, before the fundraiser for sheriff's deputy Aaron Penman.

The Facebook posting for Penman's event said gun winners would have to complete background checks.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia House of Delegates has voted down a proposal that would've banned guns in the chamber's gallery while lawmakers are on the floor.

News outlets report that the proposed change was voted down with a 48-49 vote along party lines. Republicans opposed the change and Democrats supported it.

Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-Fairfax, said the change would put the House's rules in line with the state Senate, which already bans guns in its gallery during its daily floors sessions.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill taking aim at devices that increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic rifles has cleared its first hurdle in Delaware's legislature.

The bill, which makes the sale or possession of bump stocks, trigger cranks and similar devices a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, was released from a Democrat-led House committee Wednesday.

The gunman who killed 58 people and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas in October had several weapons outfitted with bump stocks.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill that would prohibit gun ownership by some mental health patients and criminals has been introduced in Delaware.

A statement issued by Gov. John Carney says he joined state legislators Tuesday in announcing the Beau Biden Gun Violence Prevention Act. Rep. David Bentz introduced the bill, similar to one proposed in 2013 by then-Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden.

Biden, son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, died in 2015 after battling brain cancer.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A person who receives treatment through Maryland's new medical marijuana program may have to surrender his or her right to own a gun.

The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that concerns are growing over how federal gun laws will impact people who use medicinal marijuana.

Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Authorities have made it clear to gun dealers that they shouldn't sell to people who use marijuana medically.

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EDGEWOOD, Md. (AP) - Following last month's mass shooting at a church in Texas, a Maryland sheriff is asking state lawmakers to let parishioners bring their handguns to church.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - As lawmakers consider whether to legalize recreational marijuana use, some law enforcement officials are suggesting new steps to ensure that marijuana users in Delaware don't have guns.

William Bryson, chairman of the Delaware Police Chiefs Council, told a state panel Wednesday that marijuana users should be required to have a driver's license endorsement indicating that they use pot.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats say their major Election Day gains in November have boosted the odds of passing new gun control measures.

Democrats in the swing state swept three statewide offices and picked up at least 15 House seats, nearly erasing Republicans' lead in Virginia's lower chamber. Republicans narrowly lead the Senate.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - A southern Delaware county council has approved an ordinance prohibiting people from carrying of guns in county government buildings.

The Sussex County Council voted unanimously for the ordinance Tuesday after a brief public hearing at which four people spoke.

The ordinance includes exemptions for law enforcement officials and for people who have concealed carry permits.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The two major party candidates in Virginia's race for governor sharply disagree when it comes to guns.

Republican Ed Gillespie has an A rating from the National Rifle Association and pledged to "oppose any and all attempts to weaken the Second Amendment."

Democrat Ralph Northam said he favors stricter controls on gun ownership. He's backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group as well as by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was grievously wounded in a 2011 shooting.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm a decision upholding the constitutionality of the state's ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The candidates for lieutenant governor in next month's Virginia elections drew deep distinctions on gun control and other issues during sometimes sharp verbal exchanges at their final debate.

Democrat Justin Fairfax and Republican Jill Vogel squared off Thursday evening in Richmond.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Local schools boards in Delaware being given more discretion in how to handle incidents involving students bringing weapons other than guns to school.

A bill being signed Friday by Gov. John Carney moves away from a "zero-tolerance" approach and gives district school boards and charter school boards more discretion on a case-by-case basis in deciding whether to suspend a student for possession of a deadly weapon other than a firearm.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A group that advocates for stricter gun laws says it will pump at least $1 million into state races in Virginia.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund is donating $450,000 to the campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam. It also plans to spend another $250,000 on campaign mailers to support him.

The group is also giving $300,000 to Attorney General Mark Herring for his re-election bid. The Democrat is facing attacks ads from the National Rifle Association.

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NEW YORK (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union is reeling from criticism inside and out for defending the right of white supremacists to march in Charlottesville, Virginia.

After the death of a counter-protester at the rally, some critics said the ACLU had blood on its hands, and a leader of the organization in Virginia resigned.

The furor has set off soul-searching inside the ACLU and an announcement that it will no longer stand with hate groups seeking to march with guns.

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LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Federal officials say 21 guns have been detected so far this year at a Maryland airport.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement Tuesday that it most recently discovered guns as they were carried through a checkpoint at BWI on Sunday.

TSA officials said a man had a 9 mm handgun and a .22 caliber pistol. He also was allegedly carrying a total of 42 bullets.

The TSA did not identify the man but said he lives in Prince George's County, Maryland. He was also accompanied by two children.

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There’s a bill in the Delaware legislature that would allow judges and police to temporarily take guns away from people whose family believes they might be a danger to themselves or others.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Democratic state Representative David Bentz believes the measure would enable authorities to defuse potentially explosive situations – particularly those considering suicide.

Police would be able to search and seize guns from a person’s home after a petition has been filed describing the type of weapon and where it is.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia state lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's vetoes and amendments to legislation they passed earlier this year.

Lawmakers will also consider the governor's tweaks to the state budget at the so-called "veto session" on Wednesday.

The governor, a Democrat, vetoed 40 pieces of legislation on hot-button social issues like guns, abortion and immigration. The Republicans who control the General Assembly do not have the super majorities required in both chambers to overturn a veto.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he wants to reinstitute a law limiting gun sales to one handgun a month.

The governor, a Democrat, said Monday he was adding an amendment an unrelated bill related to concealed carry permits to include a provision reinstituting a 1993 one-handgun-a-month law.

McAuliffe's proposal has little chance of passing the GOP-controlled General Assembly.

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