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12:51 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Gun Deaths Fall in MD, Court Hears Challenge to Gun Law

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BALTIMORE (AP) - With a federal court hearing looming, a supporter of Maryland's 2013 gun-control law says there are early indications it's helping to reduce fatal shootings.

The Daily Record reported in its Monday edition that overall gun deaths in Maryland fell 24 percent in the first five months of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013. The statistics come from Maryland State Police and the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention.

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9:42 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Adding Gun Registery to Maryland's Criminal Database

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates is considering a bill that would link Maryland's gun registry to its criminal database.

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.

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8:48 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Gun Control Advocates Push Mental Health Issue in Delaware

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gun control advocates in Delaware are rallying to urge state lawmakers to approve a bill that stalled in the General Assembly last year.

The bill, which is being pushed by Attorney General Beau Biden, expands the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.

The measure, which establishes a process to keep people declared to be a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns, was defeated in the state Senate last year after winning overwhelming passage in the state House.

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12:10 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Maryland Gun Law

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't review a decision upholding Maryland's law requiring handgun permit applicants to demonstrate a "good and substantial reason" for carrying a weapon outside their own home or business.

The high court on Tuesday refused to hear from Raymond Woollard and the Second Amendment Foundation, Inc., who say the law violates the Second Amendment.

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9:10 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Maryland Gun Law Can Go Forward, Court says

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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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9:01 am
Tue October 1, 2013

New Laws Start in Maryland Today

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There are some new laws going into effect today in state of Maryland.

Police will now be able to ticket drivers for talking on their cell phone rather than being required to stop them for another violation.

Maryland is also banning 45 types of assault weapons and limiting gun magazine to 10 bullets beginning today.

In addition, those who want to purchase a handgun will have to be fingerprinted.

These gun laws are being challenged in court today.

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11:45 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Second Lawsuit Against Maryland's New Gun Laws

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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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8:40 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Court Battle Looms Over Maryland Guns Laws

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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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9:07 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Maryland's New Gun Laws

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Opponents of a new gun-control measure in Maryland have filed a lawsuit to block the legislation from taking effect.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland on Thursday and seeks to stop the law from taking effect on Oct. 1. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the new law in May. It gives the state some of the nation's tightest gun laws.

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8:43 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Specific Regulations Approved for Gun Law in Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A legislative panel in Maryland has voted to approve regulations needed to implement the state's sweeping gun-control law, which takes effect next month.

The General Assembly's Joint Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee voted 9-6 on Monday to approve the regulations.

While lawmakers passed the measure earlier this year, the panel still needed to sign off on some specific regulations to implement the law.

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11:10 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Police Agencies to Help With Maryland Gun Purchase Applications

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland State Police says officers from several law enforcement agencies will help troopers conduct background checks for people applying to buy guns.

State police said Thursday that officers from other agencies will conduct firearm purchase application background investigations. State law requires that the investigations be conducted by police officers.

As many as 20 officers will work out of a Maryland State Police office in Columbia beginning Monday.

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12:19 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Maryland Gun Purchase Applications Up Before Gun Laws Take Effect

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gun purchase applications in Maryland are up ahead of the start of a gun control measure that gives Maryland some of the nation's tightest gun laws.

The Washington Times reports state police received 85,141 gun-purchase applications this year through Aug. 31. That's compared with 70,099 applications in all of 2012 and 46,339 applications in 2011. Gun dealers say they have been overwhelmed ahead of the law's Oct. 1 effective date.

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12:09 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Carroll County Lifts Gun Ban at Trash Dump

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County is ending a decade-old ban on carrying firearms at county landfills.

The Carroll County Times reports that the county commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to reverse the prohibition at the request of the Second Amendment Foundation of Bellevue, Wash.

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10:50 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Maryland Gun Background Checks Lag Behind Demand

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More than two dozen firearms have been given to people in Maryland who were barred from owning them because of their criminal records.

The Baltimore Sun reports that officials say it’s because the state is unable to keep up with background checks.

A team of undercover troops recovered 30 guns which the dealers had legally released after the 7 day period.

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9:03 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Delaware Governor to Sign Good Samaritan Bill

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Legislation encouraging people in Delaware to report alcohol and drug overdoses without fear of being prosecuted is about to become law.

The so-called Good Samaritan bill was to be signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jack Markell after winning unanimous approval in both the House and Senate.

Under the bill, a person reporting an overdose would be immune from prosecution for certain drug crimes even if he or she has been involved in drug-related activity.

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8:42 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Delaware General Assembly Wraps Up Session With Major Legislation

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware lawmakers are bringing the gavel down on this year's legislative session, a session highlighted by gun control and gay marriage.

Lawmakers faced a relatively quiet final night Sunday, having earlier approved a $3.7 billion operating budget and a $477.8 million capital budget for the fiscal year starting Monday. 

Lawmakers spent Sunday night mostly addressing a series of also-ran measures left unresolved as they began their final working day.

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8:54 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Stunning Gun Control Defeat in Delaware Legislature

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns has gone down to a stunning defeat in the state Senate.

Senators voted 13-to-6 Thursday to reject the measure, dealing a blow to Attorney General Beau Biden's office, which pushed for its passage. The legislation cleared the House with only one dissenting vote.

The bill was pulled from the Senate agenda Tuesday, but the chief sponsor said he was unaware of any problems prior to its defeat Thursday.

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9:10 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Delaware Gun Mental Health Bill Delayed

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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.

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.

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9:04 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Delaware Governor Signs Last of Gun Control Laws

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a gun control measure yesterday that would require reporting of a lost and stolen firearm within seven days of the owner discovering a weapon is missing.

The measure is aimed at eliminating “straw purchases” which involves individuals buying guns to be illegally given to those who cannot obtain one.

Markell says that this legislation is probably the last gun control law for now.

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8:53 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Mental Health Gun Bill Inches Forward in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns is continuing work its way through the legislature.

The bill, considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, establishes a process to keep a person declared by a court to be a danger to himself or others from having access to guns.

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8:44 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Gun Control Ads to Air in Baltimore Area

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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.

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9:15 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Lost or Stolen Gun Reporting BIll Heading to Delaware Senate

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill requiring the reporting of lost or stolen firearms.

Supporters of the measure to be voted on Thursday say it could help reduce gun violence by cracking down on so-called straw purchases, in which people buy guns for sale or transfer to others who aren't supposed to have them.

Authorities note that people who illegally make straw purchases for others often escape prosecution by telling investigators that a straw-purchased gun was lost or stolen.

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11:33 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Dealth Penalty Repeal & Gun Control Challenge

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Governor To Sign Death Penalty Repeal

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley plans to sign a measure repealing capital punishment in Maryland into law.

Raquel Guillory, a spokeswoman for O'Malley, confirmed on Thursday that O'Malley plans to sign the bill at a bill-signing ceremony on May 2.

Maryland will become the 18th state to ban the death penalty. Connecticut did so last year. Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico and New York also have abolished it in recent years.

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9:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Death Penalty Repeal Stalls in Dover

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill to repeal Delaware's death penalty has stalled in a House committee after barely clearing the Senate.

Members of the Judiciary Committee took no action on the measure Wednesday after it appeared it would fail to win passage.

The measure barely cleared the Senate last month on an 11-10 vote after chief sponsor Sen. Karen Peterson removed a controversial provision that would have spared the lives of 17 inmates awaiting execution in Delaware.

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10:10 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Delaware Attorney General Details New Guns Restrctions

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden wants to make it more difficult for people considered to be a danger to themselves or others to obtain guns.

Biden proposed legislation Monday requiring mental health providers, including school counselors, to call police if they believe a person poses a danger to himself or others. Police would investigate and would refer the case to the state Department of Justice if they believe the person shouldn't have access to a gun.

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11:57 am
Mon April 22, 2013

New Gun Measure By Del. A.G. Beau Biden

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is making a new push to prevent people thought to be dangerous from acquiring guns.

Biden will announce new gun-control legislation at a news conference Monday afternoon.

He'll be joined by lawmakers, police and physicians. The secretary of Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services will also attend. Biden's office says the measure would make it easier for the state to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals, including the mentally ill.

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10:59 am
Fri April 12, 2013

New Castle County Announces Gun Control Measure

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NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Officials in one Delaware county are announcing a new effort to combat gun violence.

New Castle County Police Chief E.M. Setting and other county officials are announcing plans Friday to reinstate a gun control measure that was put in place in the county more than a decade ago.

The officials say the goal is to make sure that guns seized during investigations are kept off the streets for good.

The policy was instituted by former county police Chief Thomas P. Gordon, who is now the county executive.

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10:15 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Beau Biden Backs Stiffer Gun Possession Penalties for Violent Felons

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Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is giving his backing to a proposal to stiffen penalties for violent felons who unlawfully possess a gun.

Biden’s measure would establish a minimum three-year sentence for any convicted felon found in possession of a gun.

That sentence would go up to five years if the gun-possession charges come within 10 years of a violent felony conviction.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the amendment comes just as the gun control package is facing some difficulties in the General Assembly.

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9:10 am
Mon April 8, 2013

MD Legislature Wraps Up Session Today

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Medical marijuana and a measure addressing legal responsibilities related to dog bites are some of the remaining issues before Maryland lawmakers on the last day of the legislative session.

The session is scheduled to end at midnight Monday. Most major bills have already been passed, including: one relating to gun control; a gas tax increase; a Baltimore schools funding plan; and a repeal of the death penalty.

The medical marijuana bill will put Maryland on track to have a program at academic medical research centers that decide to participate.

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10:11 am
Fri April 5, 2013

MD House of Delegates Approves Gun Control Bill

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has approved a gun-control measure proposed by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The House voted 78-61 Wednesday for the bill.

It has a number of differences from a measure the Senate passed more than a month ago. The two chambers will have to work out the differences before the General Assembly adjourns at midnight Monday.

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