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Senator Mark Warner says he has changed his mind when it comes to a nationwide ban on assault weapons.

The Huffington Post is reporting that the Virginia Democrat is now calling for the enactment of such legislation as the nation marks the one year anniversary of the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Warner says he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

But in an op-ed in the Washington Post he writes that he has come to this decision after the failure of congress to take any real action against mass shootings.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - More than 400 people have gathered in front of Delaware's statehouse to stand up for their right to keep and bear firearms.

Several of the people who attended Saturday's rally on Dover's legislative mall openly carried rifles or handguns, or both. Others carried American flags and flags reading "Don't Tread on Me."

The rally was one of several organized in state capitals around the country Saturday to reinforce gun rights amid increased efforts to enact more firearms restrictions in the wake of February's high school shooting in Florida.

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia woman is planning to sue a social services department that she says fired her for having a concealed weapons permit.

Storm Durham tells The Roanoke Times she's working with Second Amendment advocacy group Virginia Citizens Defense League to pursue a lawsuit against the Roanoke Department of Social Services after her social media posts about her firing Friday went viral.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from Maryland gun owners who challenged the state's assault weapons ban.

The justices left in place a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the Maryland law that does not permit the sale of a range of semiautomatic weapons and large-capacity magazines. The banned guns include those that were used in recent mass shootings in a south Texas church and at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

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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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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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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Electronic guns, such as Tasers, can now legally be carried in Annapolis.

The Capital of Annapolis reports the Annapolis City Council unanimously voted Monday to repeal the city's ban against the weaponry. The decision comes after the Supreme Court in March questioned the constitutionality of stun gun bans and suggested that Second Amendment protections applied to electronic weapons.

Gun rights activists had filed a lawsuit against the city following the ruling.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld Maryland's ban on 45 assault weapons and a 10-round limit on gun magazines.
    
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, issued the ruling Tuesday.
    
The court ruled that the banned assault weapons are – in its words “…not protected by the Second Amendment."
    
 The court wrote that it had not power “…to extend Second Amendment protections to weapons of war."

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Twenty-one states are asking a federal appeals court to overturn provisions of Maryland's gun-control law that ban 45 assault weapons and a limit gun magazines to 10 rounds.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey led the coalition in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Fourth U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia last week.

The brief says the law violates the Second Amendment right to keep firearms in homes for self-protection.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made his second trip to Maryland to support Republican Larry Hogan's bid for governor.

Christie and Hogan greeted residents in Bethesda at the Original Pancake House in Bethesda on Tuesday.

Hogan sidestepped questions about being endorsed by the National Rifle Association on Monday. Hogan says he's focused on having a vote of confidence from Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

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The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence says it wants the teaching certificate of Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis to be revoked.

The group had collected over 14-hundred signatures in an on-line petition Tuesday which will be delivered to the Maryland Police Training Commission.

The objections involve comments by Lewis who has said that as long as he was sheriff he would not allow the federal government to take away the right to bear arms.

And he warned any attempt to do so would result in “an all-out civil war.”

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COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) - Two groups favoring restrictions on firearms are celebrating the first anniversary of Maryland's implementation of one of the nation's strictest gun-control laws.

The event Wednesday in Columbia is sponsored by Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence and the Maryland State Conference of NAACP Branches.

They're also asking candidates for elective office to publicly voice their support for the law.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gun sales in Virginia are down following three years of growth.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Virginia State Police logged background checks for 219,491 transactions during the first seven months of 2014. That's down 23 percent from 286,480 transactions during the same period in 2013.

Transactions at gun shows declined by 21 percent during the same period, from 24,870 to 20,492.

Robert Marcus owns Bob's Gun Shop in Norfolk. He says he's surprised that the sales decline isn't greater because 2013 was an aberration.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge has refused to block implementation of Maryland's new gun control law.

U.S District Judge Catherine Blake in Baltimore on Tuesday said plaintiffs in two lawsuits failed to show that implementation would cause irreparable harm to prospective gun buyers and gun shops.

Blake refused to grant an emergency stay of the law. The plaintiffs' attorneys say they would continue to seek a court order to block the measures.

Tuesday's hearing comes on the same day the law took effect.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The state of Maryland faces a second challenge to a gun-control law set to take effect Tuesday.

On Friday, a collection of gun shops, firearm associations and people with pending handgun permit applications filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. They're challenging a provision requiring prospective buyers to submit their fingerprints to obtain a handgun qualification license.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md (AP) – The state of Maryland is arguing its case for gun control.

The U.S. District court in Baltimore has given the attorney general’s office until noon Monday to file its response to a lawsuit filed law week by opponents of the state’s new gun control.

A court hearing is scheduled Tuesday, the same day the law is set to take effect.

The lawsuit says the law was passed in “flagrant disregard” of the gun rights guaranteed by the U.S. Construction’s Second Amendment.

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Jeremy Preston will not be facing felony charges for carrying a concealed firearm after he was stopped by police.  His Tennessee firearm permit expired when he obtained a Delaware driver’s license.

On Monday prosecutors dropped the charges.

The 33-year old Middletown engineer called the incident a Second Amendment nightmare.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court says Maryland's law requiring applicants for a permit to carry a handgun to have a substantial reason is constitutional.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday unanimously overturned a March 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Benson E. Legg.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Andy Harris has scheduled a town hall this weekend to talk about Second Amendment rights and gun-safety issues.

The Republican congressman's office said Tuesday the town hall will be held on Saturday in Ocean City.

The congressman's office says Maryland Delegates Mike McDermott and Charles Otto also are scheduled to attend.

In Annapolis, lawmakers are considering a comprehensive gun-control measure supported by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.