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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) — The Virginia House of Delegates has passed several pieces of gun-control legislation, but some of the measures face an uncertain future in the more conservative Senate.

The Democratic-led House approved seven gun measures Thursday, largely along party lines.  

The legislation will now go to the Senate for a vote, which has already passed its version of some of the measures but has shown signs that others may not survive. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats in the Virginia House are advancing a package of gun-control measures they said are needed to improve public safety.

The new Democratic majority in the House voted Wednesday to advance a package of gun measures over vocal opposition from Republicans, who said the measures infringe on law-abiding gun owners' rights.

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(AP) West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice and Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. are urging unhappy Virginia counties to secede and join a neighboring state where Democrats aren't in charge.

Their invitation Tuesday to join West Virginia added weight to a backlash against Virginia Democrats' push for gun control.

During a news conference, Justice and Falwell acknowledged that the idea is a long shot. This month, the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate introduced resolutions inviting parts of Virginia to join West Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats in the Virginia House are advancing a package of gun-control measures less than a week after tens of thousands of pro-gun advocates from around the country rallied at the state Capitol.

But the bills did not include a proposed assault weapon ban, a top priority for Gov. Ralph Northam and one that's drawn fierce resistance from gun-rights advocates.

A Democratic-led House committee voted Friday for several pieces of gun legislation that a Republican majority has blocked for years.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam plans to declare a temporary emergency Wednesday banning all weapons, including guns, from Capitol Square ahead of a massive rally planned next week over gun rights.

That's according to two state officials who were briefed on the plans but not authorized to speak publicly about them.

One official says the Democratic governor plans to announce the plans at a news conference Wednesday afternoon because of credible threats of potential violence and extremism.

Delaware lawmakers are set convene this year's legislative session, facing several unresolved issues carried over from last year.

Among the issues expected to be discussed in the session starting Tuesday are Democratic proposals for more gun control restrictions, and a proposal to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

Reinstating the death penalty and raising Delaware's minimum wage to $15 an hour also were ideas that were floated last year.

Meanwhile, revenue projections have increased by more than $200 million since September.

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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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Accomack County is looking at becoming a “Second Amendment Sanctuary”.

WBOC reports that the County Board of Supervisors says it has gotten a lot of concern about the potential of gun control legislatio now that the Democrats took over the General Assembly.

Democratic Governor Ralph Northam has said he would seek gun safety legislation that had been blocked by the previous Republican control legislature.

But county officials said such a resolution would only be a political statement and that local citizens would still have to follow any future laws.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - More than 200 gun rights activists have rallied in Virginia and vowed to fight any attempt by the new Democratic majority in the state legislature to pass new restrictions on gun ownership.

The "God. Family. Guns" rally was held just a month before the General Assembly is set to begin a session that is almost certain to include a variety of gun control proposals.

Those include requiring universal background checks for gun buyers and prohibiting the sale of assault weapons.

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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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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The National Rifle Association will hold a town hall meeting in Virginia Beach about a month after it experienced 2019's deadliest mass shooting.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the town hall is scheduled for Monday. Another is scheduled for Tuesday on the state's Eastern Shore.

The lobbying arm of the NRA will focus on proposals that are likely to come up at the July 9 special legislative session that Gov. Ralph Northam convened in the tragedy's wake.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are doubling down on efforts to enact stricter gun control measures in Delaware after similar attempts failed last year.

Democrats also are proposing a new bill requiring anyone who wants to buy a gun in Delaware to obtain permission in advance from state officials in the form of a "purchaser card," which would require being fingerprinted and taking an approved firearms training course. Gun dealers would be required to submit information on every gun sold and every gun purchaser for entry into a new state database.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are convening a new session of the General Assembly with a host of new faces, and a few old issues likely to be revisited.

With November's election results, there will be five new lawmakers in the 21-member Senate and 12 rookie lawmakers in the 41-member House.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A champion of liberal causes and public service, former U.S. Sen. Joseph D. Tydings has died at 90.

Gov. Larry Hogan mourned Tydings' death Monday in a statement praising his corruption prosecutions and ordered flags lowered in his honor.

News outlets report the Maryland Democrat died of cancer in Washington. Daughter Mary Tydings says he was surrounded by family and cloaked in a University of Maryland blanket.

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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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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Hundreds of gun-control protesters were joined by survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting at a rally outside National Rifle Association headquarters.

Family members of those killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February addressed the crowd during Saturday afternoon's "National March on NRA" rally in Fairfax. The protest shut down a portion of the road outside NRA headquarters.

Police kept protesters and counterprotesters, some of whom were armed, separated during the rally.

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The effort to ban the sale of assault weapons in Delaware has died in the state Senate.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that two Democrats along with Republicans killed an effort to bring the measure to the floor for a vote.

State Senator Bryan Townsend, a co-sponsor of the measure, said that it was unfortunate that the bill did not even get a chance to be debated.

Tuesday’s vote was the second defeat and gun control advocates in the wake of a series of mass shootings including the one that took place at a Parkland high school.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A gun control measure aimed at banning high-capacity magazines is getting a first look by Delaware lawmakers

A bill to be considered by a House 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 has since added an amendment permitting magazines holding up to 17 rounds instead of 10 rounds.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are joining university students to call for more gun control measures in Delaware.

Students and lawmakers planned to gather on the North Green at the University of Delaware on Tuesday for a lunchtime rally against gun violence.

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The Delaware House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the state constitution to guarantee equal rights for women.

The measure was approved by a 34-5 vote.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that House Majority leader Valerie Longhurst teared up after the vote saying that she had pondered the impact this amendment would have on young girls in the state.

The News Journal reports that the bill would only apply to government agencies and policies not private industry.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Senate is poised to give final approval to a bill banning devices that increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic rifles.

The bill, released by a Senate committee Wednesday, defines bump stocks as "destructive weapons" and makes it a felony to have one. The bill has passed the House and is scheduled for a Senate vote Thursday.

The Senate also will vote Thursday on a bill strengthening the penalty for straw purchases, in which a person buys a gun to sell or give to someone prohibited from having one.

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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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As the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School return to class this week the shooting that left 17 dead has started a firestorm over restricting gun ownership. Delmarva Public Radio Donovan Mack spoke with a number of Salisbury University students on their reaction action to the shooting in this report filed by News Director Don Rush.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats will be announcing some gun-safety measures.

House and Senate Democrats have scheduled a noon news conference to talk about the package.

One measure would ban bump stocks. Those are devices that enable rapid-fire shooting similar to fully automatic weapons.

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

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov.-elect Ralph Northam says curbing gun violence and expanding Medicaid will be two of his top legislative priorities after he takes office Saturday.

Northam spoke with outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe at a press conference Tuesday, one day before the start of the General Assembly session. The two laid out a joint legislative package.

It includes legislation that would implement universal background checks for gun purchases. It also calls for Medicaid expansion to cover more low-income Virginians.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia General Assembly is set to kick off its 2018 session.

Lawmakers will officially convene at noon Wednesday, and a host of new faces will fill the House of Delegates, where Democrats picked up 15 seats in the November elections.

Later in the day, outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe will give his final State of the Commonwealth address.

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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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A year after a rare compromise on gun legislation, a more familiar standoff seems likely at the Virginia General Assembly.

Advocates both for gun control and gun rights swarmed the Capitol Monday to advocate for and against gun-related legislation.

Gun rights advocates are pushing for fewer restrictions on where guns can be carried, including in schools. Gun control advocates want universal background checks on gun purchases. Both sides have uphill battles, as there's been no indication of any type of compromise brewing between lawmakers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gun-rights activists are challenging a handgun licensing law in Maryland in federal court.

Maryland Shall Issue, a gun store and four residents filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Wednesday.

They contend the law reduces Maryland residents' constitutional rights "to mere privileges." They also argue that the state's handgun licensing process is lengthy, expensive and invasive because it requires people to submit fingerprints to get a handgun license.