guns http://delmarvapublicradio.net en 3 Students Charged With Gun Possession at New Castle School http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/3-students-charged-gun-possession-new-castle-school <p>NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say three students have been charged after school administrators found they had guns at a New Castle school.</p><p>Police said Friday that the weapons were discovered Wednesday at William Penn High School.</p><p>Investigators say school administrators removed two students from their classrooms after seeing an Instagram photo showing the students posing with a handgun in a school bathroom.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 15:58:55 +0000 Don Rush 55570 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net 3 Students Charged With Gun Possession at New Castle School Bill Upping Penalties for Gun Use During Felony in Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bill-upping-penalties-gun-use-during-felony-delaware <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee has released a bill that establishes new criminal penalties for using a gun while committing a felony.</p><p>Under current law, a person convicted of having a gun while committing a felony faces a minimum sentence of three years in prison.</p><p>The bill discussed by the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday would increase the minimum penalty to four years if the offender brandishes the guns or threatens to use it.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:15:55 +0000 Don Rush 51593 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Bill Upping Penalties for Gun Use During Felony in Delaware Adding Gun Registery to Maryland's Criminal Database http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/adding-gun-registery-marylands-criminal-database <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates is considering a bill that would link Maryland's gun registry to its criminal database.</p><p>Del. Luiz Simmons, D-Montgomery, the chief sponsor, says right now Maryland State Police can't systematically identify criminals who are required by law to surrender their guns.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:42:48 +0000 Don Rush 50278 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Adding Gun Registery to Maryland's Criminal Database Democratic Gubernatorial Hopeful Heather Mizeur Unveils Crime Plan http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/democratic-gubernatorial-hopeful-heather-mizeur-unveils-crime-plan <p>SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Democrat Heather Mizeur has released a plan to reduce crime as part of her primary campaign for governor.</p><p>Mizeur said Wednesday she supports universal background checks for all guns. She also wants to require law enforcement to seize all guns at the scenes of domestic violence incidents. Part of Mizeur's plan includes raising the age requirement for the purchase of all guns to 21 years and providing grants for local buy-back programs.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:17:56 +0000 Don Rush 48810 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Democratic Gubernatorial Hopeful Heather Mizeur Unveils Crime Plan Gun Control and Mental Health Measure Dies in Delaware Senate http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gun-control-and-mental-health-measure-dies-delaware-senate <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - An effort to revive a bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns has failed in the state Senate.</p><p>The bill, pushed by Attorney General Beau Biden, won overwhelming passage in the House last year before being dealt a stunning defeat in the Senate.</p><p>Under their rules, Senate lawmakers had three legislative days, a period ending Tuesday, to rescind the vote.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 13:26:32 +0000 Don Rush 47715 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gun Control and Mental Health Measure Dies in Delaware Senate Bethany Beach Barred From Restricting Gun Sales http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/bethany-beach-barred-restricting-gun-sales <p>Bethany Beach officials cannot keep Bethany Cycle and Fitness from selling and transferring firearms.</p><p>Local resident Carol Brigleb voiced concerns more than a year ago about the practice and the council began examining the law after the bike shop was in the process of changing ownership.</p><p>However, Delaware state law prohibits municipalities from restricting ownership, transfer or possession of firearms.</p><p>Mayor Tony McClenny told the Wilmington News Journal that the town will not be pursuing any change.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:36:04 +0000 Don Rush 45583 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Bethany Beach Barred From Restricting Gun Sales Wesley College Student Arrested for Bringing Loaded Gun to School http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wesley-college-student-arrested-bringing-loaded-gun-school <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police say a Wesley College student has been arrested after bringing a loaded handgun to class in his backpack.</p><p>Dover police say two students alerted campus police on Tuesday and officers arrested the student, 19-year-old Vaughn Reese of Slatington, Pa., in the classroom without incident. Officials say the other students reported seeing the gun in Reese's bag the night before.</p><p>Police say the .25-caliber Titan handgun had one round in the magazine.</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:17:13 +0000 Don Rush 41100 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wesley College Student Arrested for Bringing Loaded Gun to School Maryland Delegate Questions Gun Application Process http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-delegate-questions-gun-application-process <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland delegate is asking the attorney general whether it's legal for state police to allow up to 200 employees from five agencies to view prospective gun buyers' information as the state churns through an application backlog.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:21:42 +0000 Don Rush 40872 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Delegate Questions Gun Application Process Armed Guards Placed in Indian River Schools http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/armed-guards-placed-indian-river-schools <p>Armed security officers are now strolling the hallways in the Indian River School District.</p><p>The move follows the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last year.</p><p>Most of them are former Delaware State troopers and will be present every minute of the school day at the 14 facilities in the district.</p><p>But there are some that don’t feel comfortable with guns being carried in the schools.</p><p>Billy Windgate of Selbyville told WBOC that that he does not believe firearms belong on school grounds.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:55:07 +0000 Don Rush 40860 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Armed Guards Placed in Indian River Schools Virginia Gun Sales Up, Gun-Related Crime Down http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/virginia-gun-sales-gun-related-crime-down <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Firearms sales in Virginia are increasing while gun-related violent crimes are declining.</p><p>Federally licensed gun dealer sales show that firearms sales rose 16 percent in 2012 to a record 490,000 guns purchased.</p><p>During the same period, the number of major crimes committed with firearms dropped 5 percent to 4,378.</p><p>Virginia Commonwealth University assistant professor Thomas R. Baker specializes in research methods and criminology theory.</p><p>He says that the data indicate that more guns don't necessarily lead to more crime.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 12:36:02 +0000 Don Rush 38867 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Virginia Gun Sales Up, Gun-Related Crime Down Maryland Gun Background Checks Lag Behind Demand http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-gun-background-checks-lag-behind-demand <p>More than two dozen firearms have been given to people in Maryland who were barred from owning them because of their criminal records.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-guns-criminal-records-20130801,0,5640815.story"> Baltimore Sun</a> reports that officials say it’s because the state is unable to keep up with background checks.</p><p>A team of undercover troops recovered 30 guns which the dealers had legally released after the 7 day period.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 14:50:01 +0000 Don Rush 38758 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Gun Background Checks Lag Behind Demand Delaware Gun Mental Health Bill Delayed http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-gun-mental-health-bill-delayed <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has delayed action on a bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.</p><p>Senators adjourned Tuesday without voting on the bill, which establishes a process to keep people declared to be a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:10:21 +0000 Don Rush 36699 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Gun Mental Health Bill Delayed Guns and Mental Health Could Get Delaware Senate Vote http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/guns-and-mental-health-could-get-delaware-senate-vote <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.</p><p>The bill to be voted on Tuesday establishes a process to keep people declared to be a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Don Rush 36628 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Guns and Mental Health Could Get Delaware Senate Vote Maryland Ranks High for Lost or Stolen Guns by Federally Licensed Dealers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/maryland-ranks-high-lost-or-stolen-guns-federally-licensed-dealers <p></p><p>BALTIMORE (AP) - A new report finds that Maryland is among the top five states with the greatest number of guns that federally licensed gun dealers reported lost or stolen last year.</p><p><a href="http://bit.ly/1bVrAl5">&nbsp;WBAL-AM</a> reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms report found that Maryland ranks third in the nation with more than 880 guns lost and 98 guns reported stolen from dealers in 2012.</p><p>Pennsylvania came in first in the ATF's ranking followed by Texas.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:02:39 +0000 Don Rush 36328 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Maryland Ranks High for Lost or Stolen Guns by Federally Licensed Dealers Wilmington Fire Chief Carries Gun http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/wilmington-fire-chief-carries-gun <p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington's fire chief says he has begun carrying a firearm to protect himself after taking on more code enforcement duties.</p><p>Fire Chief Anthony Goode says he has been carrying a gun for about a month. He says firefighters are always in dangerous situations and don't know what they're walking into.</p><p>Goode has been involved in cracking down on three makeshift clubs run by the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club.</p><p>The city's fire marshals also carry weapons. Goode says his decision to carry a firearm won't lead to all Wilmington firefighters being armed.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 12:44:55 +0000 Don Rush 34668 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Wilmington Fire Chief Carries Gun Gun Bill Restrictions for Mental Illness Passes Delaware House http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gun-bill-restrictions-mental-illness-passes-delaware-house <p></p><p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved two bills that are part of a package of gun-control measures proposed by Democratic Gov. Jack Markell in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting last year.</p><p>House members voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve a bill expanding the ability of authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns. That bill now goes to the Senate. The legislation establishes a process to keep a person declared by a court to be a danger to himself or others from having access to guns.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 15:14:28 +0000 Don Rush 34197 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gun Bill Restrictions for Mental Illness Passes Delaware House "Gun Turn-In" in Md on Saturday http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gun-turn-md-saturday <p>Saturday, the Three Lower shore law enforcement agencies will participate in the inauguration of a statewide gun turn-in day.</p><p>It will be a chance for residents to voluntarily dispose of their unwanted firearms safely.</p><p>The locations are the Maryland State Police Barrack in Princess Anne, the Salisbury Police Department and the Pocomoke City Police Department.</p><p>The Salisbury Daily Times reports that residents will not have to provide identification nor is an appointment necessary.</p><p>All types of firearms will be accepted whether they work or not.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 14:25:32 +0000 Don Rush 33932 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net "Gun Turn-In" in Md on Saturday Guns To Be Allowed at Carroll County Trash Site http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/guns-be-allowed-carroll-county-trash-site <p>WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County may soon reverse a ban on guns at the county's solid waste facilities in response to a Second Amendment group's objections.</p><p>The<a href="http://bit.ly/16XZ2Jy"> Carroll County Times</a> reports that the Board of Commissioners decided without a vote Tuesday to remove the county's 1992 prohibition on allowing people to carry firearms at facilities like the Northern Landfill in Westminster. The county attorney will create an amendment to the county code.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:01:16 +0000 Don Rush 33807 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Guns To Be Allowed at Carroll County Trash Site Tightening Gun Restrictions for People With Mental Health Issues http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/tightening-gun-restrictions-people-mental-health-issues <p></p><p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is eyeing a bill that expands the ability of authorities in Delaware to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.</p><p>The legislation before the Health and Human Development Committee on Wednesday is aimed at ensuring that people deemed a danger to themselves or others don't have access to guns.</p><p>Under current law, a person who has been committed to a hospital or mental health institution for a mental disorder can be prohibited from possessing a gun.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 12:53:13 +0000 Don Rush 33790 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Tightening Gun Restrictions for People With Mental Health Issues Gun Control Brings Sandy Hook Parents to Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gun-control-brings-sandy-hook-parents-delaware <p></p><p><strong>Delaware </strong></p><p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - Parents of children killed in the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut are urging Delaware lawmakers to pass new gun control measures.</p><p>Parents of three children killed at Sandy Hook planned to meet with Gov. Jack Markell on Tuesday in Dover.</p><p>Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization created by Newtown, Conn., residents after the shootings, also is coordinating meetings with legislators.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 12:46:23 +0000 Don Rush 33719 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gun Control Brings Sandy Hook Parents to Delaware Middle School Student Charged with Gun Violation http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/middle-school-student-charged-gun-violation <p></p><p><strong>Gun at Middle School </strong></p><p>WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old boy brought an unloaded gun to his Wilmington middle school in his backpack.</p><p>Wilmington police say students alerted teachers at P.S. duPont Middle School on Thursday morning that the teen showed schoolmates the gun as they walked to school. When staff searched the teen's backpack, police say they found the gun inside.</p><p>Police say the student didn't make any threats and he wanted to show off the gun he believed to be a BB gun.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 15:28:04 +0000 Don Rush 33545 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Middle School Student Charged with Gun Violation Delaware Bill Requires Reporting of Lost or Stolen Guns http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/delaware-bill-requires-reporting-lost-or-stolen-guns <p></p><p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state Senate committee is considering a bill that requires gun owners to report to police within 48 hours after discovering that a firearm has been lost or stolen.</p><p>Supporters of the measure being discussed Wednesday say mandatory reporting can help prevent firearms from winding up in the hands of criminals prohibited from possessing them and reduce straw purchases. A straw purchase occurs when a person buys a gun for someone not allowed to have one. Straw purchasers often claim that a firearm traced back to them after a crime had been lost or stolen.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:32:22 +0000 Don Rush 31442 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Delaware Bill Requires Reporting of Lost or Stolen Guns Expanded Gun Background Checks Makes Progress in Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/expanded-gun-background-checks-makes-progress-delaware <p></p><p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee has voted to release a bill that expands criminal background checks for gun purchases in Delaware to cover sales between private sellers and buyers.</p><p>The measure cleared the Judiciary Committee on a 7-to-4 vote Wednesday and now heads to the full House.</p><p>Wednesday's vote came after the committee resumed a hearing on the measure after running out of time last week with opponents still waiting to speak against the bill. Committee members heard two more hours of public comment Wednesday.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 13:40:17 +0000 Don Rush 31104 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Expanded Gun Background Checks Makes Progress in Delaware Gun Background Checks in Delaware Legislative Committee http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gun-background-checks-delaware-legislative-committee <p></p><p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A House committee is resuming consideration of bill expanding criminal background checks for gun purchases in Delaware to cover sales between private sellers and buyers.</p><p>The Judiciary Committee was to resume a hearing Wednesday after it ran out of time last week with opponents still waiting to speak against the bill.</p><p>The legislation is part of a gun control package proposed by Gov. Jack Markell after the December massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:46:23 +0000 Don Rush 31042 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gun Background Checks in Delaware Legislative Committee School Safety Proposals From Del. McDermott http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/school-safety-proposals-del-mcdermott <p></p><p>Eastern Shore Delegate Mike McDermott is proposing a three pronged approach to school safety in the wake of the shootings at a Connecticut Elementary school late last year.</p><p>The measures would allow teachers and other staff members to carry guns as long as those teachers are trained.</p><p>In addition, it would allow select school staff to carry Tasers as well as allow on-and-off duty police officers to be armed while on school grounds.</p><p>If the Maryland Republican’s measures are approved schools would be allowed to decide which measures work best for them.</p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:09:08 +0000 Don Rush 28221 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net School Safety Proposals From Del. McDermott Gun Restrictions in Delaware Public Housing Challenged http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gun-restrictions-delaware-public-housing-challenged <P>DOVER, Del. Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:59:47 +0000 Don Rush 19858 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Gun Restrictions in Delaware Public Housing Challenged Gun Carry Permit Laws In MD Still In Force http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/gun-carry-permit-laws-md-still-force <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland can continue enforcing its gun permit law requiring residents to show a &quot;good and substantial reason&quot; to carry handguns until a federal appeals court decides the matter.</p><p>The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond granted a stay in the case on Wednesday. That&#39;s after a federal judge decided to lift a stay on his finding that the state&#39;s law was unconstitutional.</p><p>The court has directed that the case be expedited and tentatively scheduled for arguments in October.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 12:37:24 +0000 Don Rush 17976 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net