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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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