Gun Safety

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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 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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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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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday he will summon lawmakers back to the state Capitol this summer to take up a package of gun-control legislation, saying last week's mass shooting in Virginia Beach calls for "votes and laws, not thoughts and prayers."

Dover, Del. (AP)- Support for strict gun control measures proposed by fellow Democrats is "almost non-existent."

That’s according to the leader of Delaware's Senate yesterday who declared that the measures will not be coming out of a committee he leads.

The statement by Senate President Pro Tem David McBride comes after a committee hearing last week in which critics blasted the proposals as unconstitutional restrictions on gun ownership that would do nothing to address gun crime in Delaware.

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

The proposal cleared the Senate on a 13-8 vote Wednesday and now goes back to the House, which narrowly passed an earlier version of the legislation last month.

Rep. Sean Lynn, chief sponsor of the bill, said he has concerns about the constitutionality of the amended version.

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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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New gun safety legislation has been introduced in the Delaware legislature aimed at preventing minors or others from obtaining their loaded weapon.

The measure makes it a crime to unlawfully permit a child or others who are not allowed to have a gun access to a loaded firearm.

WBOC reports that it would be a misdemeanor but the severity of the offense could increase if it is used in a crime.

Rep. Sean Lynn is the main author of the measure.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are trying to push a ban on certain semi-automatic weapons to the Senate floor for a vote, even though the measure failed in committee.

The proposed ban failed to clear a committee last week amid strident opposition from gun-rights advocates.

But the Democratic Senate president said Thursday he will put the bill first on next Tuesday's agenda.

In order to consider the measure, a majority of the Democratic-led Senate would have to vote to suspend the rules.


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) - 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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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are continuing to push for stricter gun regulations in Delaware, proposing a ban on high-capacity magazines.

A bill to be introduced Thursday criminalizes the manufacture, sale, transfer, purchase, receipt or unlawful possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

As with other recent gun-control proposals, exemptions would be allowed for both active and retired police officers.

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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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The recent school shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead has spurred the state to impose new restrictions on gun sales as well as beef up school security. But the National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit to halt the enactment of the new laws. All of this has led Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill to ponder the power of the NRA.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - In the wake of the Florida school shooting earlier this month that left 17 people dead, a Republican lawmaker is calling for a joint hearing by the House and Senate education committees to examine school safety in Delaware.

Rep. Kevin Hensley of Townsend says that, while the Florida shooting has reignited that national debate on gun control, he is concerned about the immediate safety of schools in Delaware and whether there are some simple steps that can be taken to improve existing safety measures.

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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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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) - 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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POTOMAC FALLS, Va. (AP) - Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has brought her push for gun-control laws to the nation's capital and a competitive northern Virginia congressional district.

Giffords joined Democratic candidate LuAnn Bennett for a forum on preventing gun violence on Thursday morning. Bennett is challenging Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in Virginia's 10th District.

Giffords also pushed for new gun laws in Washington on Thursday with Democratic District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser.

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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.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress from Maryland and the District of Columbia are continuing their push for gun-control legislation after last week's sit-in on the House floor.

Maryland Democrats Chris Van Hollen, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes will talk about the gun-control measures they support during an appearance Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Maryland's ban on assault weapons and large-capacity gun magazines is back before a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond raised concerns about the constitutionality of the restrictions in February. The panel sent a lawsuit challenging those provisions back to a judge who upheld them and ordered her to take another look using a more rigorous legal standard.

The state appealed that 2-1 decision to the full 15-member appeals court, which will hear arguments Wednesday.


ANNAPOLIS, Md.(AP) A political action committee that supports Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards' Senate bid has agreed to remove President Barack Obama's image and statement from a gun control ad.

The ad shows Obama tearing up while talking about Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The television ad says Chris Van Hollen supported a campaign finance disclosure bill that didn't include the National Rifle Association.

The ad also says the congressman met with NRA lobbyists to put a loophole in the bill to exempt them, while Edwards stood up to the gun lobby.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords is pushing for tougher gun laws in Virginia.

Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, announced Tuesday at a Capitol news conference the formation of a new state-level coalition of gun-control advocates.

The group, called the Virginia Coalition for Common Sense, says it will advocate for legislation aimed at preventing guns from getting into the hands of dangerous people. A top priority will be advocating for mandatory background checks at gun shows.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords is pushing for tougher gun laws in Delaware.

Local news media report that Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, joined a new coalition of gun-control advocates at an event at the Central Baptist Church in Wilmington on Monday.

The group, called the Delaware Coalition for Common Sense, says it will advocate for legislation aimed at preventing guns from getting into the hands of dangerous people.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia General Assembly has given final approved to legislation that would allow more concealed-weapon permit holders to legally carry guns in the state.

A compromise hammered out by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and top Republicans easily passed the Senate with bipartisan support Monday.

The legislation would expand the number of concealed handgun permit reciprocity agreements Virginia has with other states, allowing more out-of-state permit holders to legally carry guns in Virginia.