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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-led legislative commission in Virginia tasked with offering solutions for curbing gun violence says it has no recommendations to make.

The Virginia Crime Commission issued a short report Tuesday saying that staff found "inconclusive evidence" was available to develop recommendations.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland officials who visited public housing communities in the state capital heard from residents expressing concerns about gun violence, mental health and living conditions.

The Capital reports that state Sen. Sarah Elfreth, Del. Alice Cain and Del. Shaneka Henson visited public housing communities in the Annapolis area on Saturday. The state lawmakers represent the area in the General Assembly.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman joined them, as well as activists for gun-violence prevention.

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A measure that would have allowed firearms in places of worship in Virginia has been defeated.

The legislation was approved by the state Senate along a party line vote but never made it out of the House Rule Committee.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the bill was aimed at repealing a law enacted in the 1950’s.

The Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy is made up of more than 700 faith groups.

They opposed the measure saying that churches and other places of worship should be a refuge “free from violence”.

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A former Virginia news anchor whose girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 says he's raised more than $30,000 during the first week of his campaign for the House of Delegates.

The Roanoke Times reports that Chris Hurst announced the fundraising total during a campaign kickoff event on Saturday. He has yet to file a campaign finance report.

Hurst quit his job as an anchor at WDBJ-TV to run as a Democrat in Virginia's 12th District, which is currently represented by Republican Del. Joseph Yost.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorneys general from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are getting together to talk about ways they can reduce gun violence in the region.

Friday's first-of-its kind meeting in Washington will focus on illegal guns and ways the jurisdictions can work together to cut down on gun trafficking.

All three attorneys general are Democrats who support gun control. Brian Frosh of Maryland, Mark Herring of Virginia and Karl Racine of the District will speak to reporters following their meeting.

After a sharp rise in gun violence more than 300 people gathered in Wilmington yesterday for the “302 Guns Down Benefit and Concert.”

The event’s emcee Iz Belleto told the crowd that it was time for people to put down their guns.

In addition to the concert and benefit a March for Culture of Peace was also planned.

Mayor Dennis Williams said he was impressed by organizer Michaelena DeJesus and decided to co-sponsor the event waiving all of the fees and providing a grant instead.

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In efforts to deal with the rising gun violence in Wilmington Delaware will be hiring two consulting firms to find a solution to reduce the number of shootings in the state’s largest city.

Delaware will spend $200-thousand to contract with Vigilant Resources International based in New York and the non-profit Police Foundation to work with the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that gun violence has gone up in the city with the New Year with police reporting 19 shootings so far including one last night.

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The U.S. Justice Department has decided to join Wilmington authorities as part of a program to identify long term solutions to the violence that has rocked the northern Delaware community.

The Violence Reduction Network will be officially announced in Wilmington and Washington D.C. this morning as well as in other cities later in the day.

Senator Chris Coons helped to include Wilmington in the program.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A television ad will begin airing in the Baltimore area that praises the gun-control measure recently signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The ad is set to begin airing early this week. It's part of a campaign by supporters, who want to outline how they believe the law will be effective in preventing gun violence.

The Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence Education Fund is paying for the ad.

BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is hosting a forum on gun violence in Maryland.

It's scheduled for Monday at the the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School in Baltimore.

The forum will bring state and local community leaders together, as well as law enforcement officers, prosecutors, legal scholars and gun violence experts.

They will talk about challenges and practical solutions to keep illegal guns off the street.

BALTIMORE (AP) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for federal gun control reforms.

Bloomberg outlined his proposals Monday at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at a summit on reducing gun violence.

The two-day summit began one month after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Bloomberg is urging President Barack Obama and Congress to increase background check requirements for firearms purchases.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a teenage boy has been killed and a child has been critically injured in a neighborhood on the city's west side.

Police says the teen was shot in the chest and was found in an alley near the 1500 block of W. Fourth St., between Delamore Place and Rodney Street, on Sunday afternoon. The teen was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Another boy was shot in the stomach and was in critical condition.

Police say no arrests have been made.

The shootings follow a week of violence in the city that has left several dead.

It’s been a bloody week for the city of Wilmington with three violent deaths in the span of 12 hours.

Last night the Wilmington Peacekeepers marched last night through the violence struck neighborhoods stopping along the way to mark the shooting deaths of victims as young as 16.  

The marchers decried the violence that has killed 12 people in Wilmington so far this year at a clip that outpaces the number killed by this time in 2010, which saw a record number of such deaths.