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GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — Three men accused of being members of a violent white supremacist group called The Base have pleaded not guilty to charges in a federal indictment in Maryland.

Former Canadian Armed Forces reservist Patrik Mathews and 33-year-old Brian Mark Lemley Jr. entered their pleas during separate arraignments

Tuesday on charges including transporting a firearm and ammunition with the intent to commit a felony. Ninteen-year-old William Garfield Bilbrough IV pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to “transport and harbor certain aliens.”

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Virginia are advancing legislation to ban the sale of assault weapons and the possession of high-capacity magazines.

The state House voted 51-48 Tuesday to pass the legislation to prohibit the sale of certain semiautomatic firearms, including popular AR-15 style rifles, and ban the possession of magazines that hold more than 12 rounds.

The legislation now moves to the Senate, where moderate Democrats have indicated they are unlikely to support the measure.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers have voted to ban firearms at the state Capitol, the first in what's expected to be many contentious gun votes in coming weeks.

Newly empowered Democrats in the General Assembly voted Friday to ban guns at the Capitol and a legislative office building, saying the move was needed to protect public safety.

Republicans have voiced opposition to such a ban and some GOP lawmakers routinely carry guns into the Capitol.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Naval Academy's superintendent says the school's football team won't use "Load the Clip" as its motto amid concerns it was insensitive to victims of gun violence.

Superintendent Sean Buck told the Capital Gazette Friday that the slogan was insensitive to the community and inappropriate.

The Academy is located in Annapolis, where a gunman last year shot and killed five people inside the Capital Gazette newsroom.

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Proposed gun safety legislation was shelved this legislative session in Delaware.

This included a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons, requiring a permit and training course to purchase a firearm and a 15 round cap on magazines.

The measures stalled in committee as the group Delaware Gun Rights group held a rally outside Legislative Hall at the end of the session.

Among the featured speakers was Maryland Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis who has been an opponent of such laws in his state.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware state Senate is set to consider a bill requiring gun owners to safely store firearms so they aren't obtained by people who shouldn't have them.

The proposal was scheduled for discussion in a Senate committee on Wednesday, followed by a floor vote later in the day. The legislation cleared the House on a 22-19 vote last month.

The bill makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally or recklessly leave a loaded firearm within the reach or easy access of a child or person prohibited from possessing a gun, resulting in that person obtaining the gun.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A gun rights group has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Maryland's recently enacted ban on devices that increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic firearms.

The complaint filed Monday by a group called Maryland Shall Issue says the ban passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Larry Hogan in April violates both the federal and state constitutions.

The ban prohibits the manufacture, possession, sale or transfer of any "rapid fire trigger activator" such as a bump stock. It is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1.

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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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has given final approval to a "red flag" bill allowing authorities in Delaware to seize guns from a person deemed by a mental health provider to be a danger to themselves or others.

The measure passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday after unanimous approval by the House last month.

Under the bill, police who are alerted by a mental health provider could immediately ask a Justice of the Peace magistrate for a temporary order requiring the person to surrender any firearms or ammunition if there's probable cause that he or she is dangerous.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Responding to President Donald Trump's recent proposal to provide firearms to some school personnel, the Baltimore Teachers Union called on the governor of Maryland to take a strong opposing stance against the idea.

The city's teacher union said in a statement Tuesday that Gov. Larry Hogan should refuse to "accept any federal dollars to support arming teachers here in Baltimore City and across the state of Maryland."

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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) - A series of new laws are set to go into effect on Friday, including parts of a landmark gun compromise between Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican lawmakers.
 
The gun measures will allow more out-of-state concealed-handgun permit holders to legally carry guns in Virginia while prohibiting people subject to permanent protective orders from carrying firearms.  Police presence will also be required at gun shows for voluntary background checks.
 

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BALTMORE (AP) - A Maryland Republican Party official says one of the state's Donald Trump delegates probably won't go to the national convention following his federal indictment on child pornography, explosives and firearm charges.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein in Baltimore announced the indictment of 30-year-old Caleb Bailey on Thursday.

Bailey didn't return a telephone call. Defense attorney William Brennan says Bailey has pleaded not guilty.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that seeks to undo the Democrat's executive order banning guns in state offices.

McAuliffe also nixed a bill that would prevent most government agencies from prohibiting employees from keeping firearms in their vehicles.

State workers are currently barred from possessing a weapon not required for their job when they are on state premises or conducting state business.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A former state Senate candidate and local Republican Party official has pleaded guilty to illegally dealing in firearms.

Matt Opaliski pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to one count of unlawful dealing in firearms.  Prosecutors dropped two other counts of dealing firearms without a license and two counts of unlawful transfer of firearms.

Opaliski faces up to five years in prison when sentenced in July, but prosecutors are recommending that he receive three years probation.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has signed into law legislation that's the result of a rare compromise between Republicans and Democrats on gun policy.

The legislation signed Friday will allow more out-of-state permit holders to legally carry firearms in Virginia. It will also prohibit people subject to permanent protective orders from carrying firearms and require police presence at gun shows for voluntary background checks.

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The city of Newark is looking at banning open carry for guns in city buildings as well as private buildings where city officials are carrying out business.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city council will be debating a measure that would bar firearms, gun component, ammunition and explosives.

There would be an exception for law enforcement and other who carry weapons for their jobs.

Concealed guns would still be allowed.

There would be a fine of up to $500 and a possible year in jail.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Deer hunters in most of Maryland are getting a couple more days to hunt with modern firearms.

The winter portion of the firearm deer season opens Friday and continues through Saturday everywhere except Garrett and Allegany counties, and Washington County west of Clear Spring.

On Sunday, hunters can shoot deer with modern firearms on private lands only in Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's and Worcester counties, and Washington County east of Clear Spring.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A group is challenging state regulations that ban firearms in state forests and state parks unless they are being used for hunting.
 
The Salisbury Daily Times reports two sport shooting groups along with some individuals have filed a lawsuit in Chancery Court, challenging those regulations.
 

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A recent audit of the Maryland State Police has found problems with spending and handgun accounts.  

The reports discovered that the records failed to identify specific activities when it came to expenses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this resulted in unusually large balances ranging from a $44 million deficit in one account and a $34 million surplus in another.

The report also said there were discrepancies in how the department kept track of firearms and their ownership.

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says if he knew the video would be posted on the internet he might not have done it.

The video in question features Lewis and a deputy dressed in full uniform using sheriff’s office cars and discussing how and when Marylanders can openly carry some weapons.

Lewis told the Salisbury Daily Times that he thought he was doing an educational video for legislators in Annapolis.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that the homicide rate in major cities has been declining but firearm suicide rates in cities are on the upswing.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.