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WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress from Maryland and the District of Columbia are continuing their push for gun-control legislation after last week's sit-in on the House floor.

Maryland Democrats Chris Van Hollen, Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes will talk about the gun-control measures they support during an appearance Wednesday at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Baltimore.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Maryland's ban on assault weapons and large-capacity gun magazines is back before a federal appeals court.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond raised concerns about the constitutionality of the restrictions in February. The panel sent a lawsuit challenging those provisions back to a judge who upheld them and ordered her to take another look using a more rigorous legal standard.

The state appealed that 2-1 decision to the full 15-member appeals court, which will hear arguments Wednesday.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md.(AP) A political action committee that supports Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards' Senate bid has agreed to remove President Barack Obama's image and statement from a gun control ad.

The ad shows Obama tearing up while talking about Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The television ad says Chris Van Hollen supported a campaign finance disclosure bill that didn't include the National Rifle Association.

The ad also says the congressman met with NRA lobbyists to put a loophole in the bill to exempt them, while Edwards stood up to the gun lobby.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords is pushing for tougher gun laws in Virginia.

Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, announced Tuesday at a Capitol news conference the formation of a new state-level coalition of gun-control advocates.

The group, called the Virginia Coalition for Common Sense, says it will advocate for legislation aimed at preventing guns from getting into the hands of dangerous people. A top priority will be advocating for mandatory background checks at gun shows.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords is pushing for tougher gun laws in Delaware.

Local news media report that Giffords and her husband, former astronaut Mark Kelly, joined a new coalition of gun-control advocates at an event at the Central Baptist Church in Wilmington on Monday.

The group, called the Delaware Coalition for Common Sense, says it will advocate for legislation aimed at preventing guns from getting into the hands of dangerous people.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia General Assembly has given final approved to legislation that would allow more concealed-weapon permit holders to legally carry guns in the state.

A compromise hammered out by Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and top Republicans easily passed the Senate with bipartisan support Monday.

The legislation would expand the number of concealed handgun permit reciprocity agreements Virginia has with other states, allowing more out-of-state permit holders to legally carry guns in Virginia.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats are outlining a package of gun-control measures as part of their legislative priorities this session.

One measure discussed Wednesday would ban guns on public college campuses. Now, gun policies are decided on a campus-by-campus basis.

Another bill would ban people on the national no-fly list from buying guns. It would prevent the state police from issuing gun permits to those on the terrorist-watch list that is maintained by the FBI.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocates for domestic violence victims in Virginia are praising a rare compromise in Richmond that could shepherd into law a measure that would strip abusers of their gun rights.

But the bill being considered in Virginia doesn't go as far as many of the states with similar laws, drawing criticism from gun-control activists who say more work needs to be done.

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Delaware House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst (D-Bear) says she will try to close a loop hole that allows a gun store to go ahead with a sale when the background check fails to come back in three days.

The Wilmington News Journal reports noted that nationally the FBI says over 15-thousand 5-hundred gun buys went forward because of the loophole.

In the shooting that left 9 people dead at a South Carolina church accused shooter Dylan Roof got his gun because the background took more than three days.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Republican speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates are set to announce a rare compromise on gun policies that has leaders in both parties applauding.

McAuliffe and House Speaker William J. Howell plan to outline the deal at a news conference Friday.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said Thursday that the policy strengthens some gun control measures while reversing a policy that would have invalidated concealed handgun permits in Virginia held by residents of 25 other states.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican-controlled Senate panel has defeated several pieces of legislation backed by Democrats promoting gun control.

The Senate Courts of Justice Committee made quick work of a slew of gun-related bills at a hearing Wednesday.

Among the bills that failed was legislation that would require background checks on all gun buyers at gun shows, something that's been a top priority for Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The panel passed a GOP-backed bill that would allow Virginians to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gun groups are squaring off at the Virginia General Assembly.

Pro-gun rights groups held a morning rally at the Capitol Monday, and gun control advocates held one a few hours later.

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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.

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Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe gave a warning to Republican lawmakers that he would veto any legislation he thought would curb abortion rights or expand gun rights in a way he thinks is unsafe.

McAuliffe issued the warning during his State of the Commonwealth address to the legislature last night.

The governor has been an outspoken advocate for abortion rights and signed an executive order last year banning the open carry of guns in some state-owned buildings.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off the 2016 legislative session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth speech.

The Democratic governor is entering his third year in office and will be seeking support from state lawmakers to support his $109 billion proposed budget that includes a billion-dollar increase in education spending, small corporate and individual tax cuts, and a 2 percent raise for state employees.

He delivers his third State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

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Not a week goes by when a shooting doesn't spark a conversation about gun control. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that a recent letter from the head of the National Rifle Association got him to thinking about just what the organization wants from him. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The makeup of Virginia's General Assembly remained virtually unchanged following an election that set spending records.

Republicans were able to hold off Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe Tuesday and keep control of the state Senate.

Political analysts say Republicans' victory will make it almost impossible for McAuliffe to achieve any significant legislative legacy in his remaining two years in office.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court will hear arguments on key provisions of Maryland's sweeping gun-control law.

The hearing is set for Wednesday before a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

U.S. District Judge Catherine Blake last year upheld Maryland's ban on 45 assault weapons and a limit on gun magazines to 10 rounds. Maryland lawmakers approved the measures in response to the shooting deaths of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A series of gun control measures has been defeated by a Republican-controlled Virginia Senate committee.
 
The Senate Courts of Justice panel voted Monday against bills aimed at beefing up Virginia's gun control laws. The proposals include limiting handgun purchases to one a month and closing the so-called "gun show loophole" that allows sales by private sellers without a criminal background check.
 

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal appeals court has set oral arguments over the constitutionality of a Maryland law banning 45 assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines.
 
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals scheduled arguments in the matter for March 24.
 
In a filing Friday, gun-rights advocates say the law violates the Second Amendment and that a federal judge in Baltimore erred when she upheld the law last summer.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocates and opponents of gun control held dueling demonstrations at the Virginia Capitol as the perennial debate over the hot-button topic began anew.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is pushing a package of gun control measures ahead of this fall's state legislative elections even though they stand little chance of passage in the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

Pro-gun forces held a rally Monday morning. Many attendees wore orange "Guns Save Lives" stickers and a speaker assailed McAuliffe and other gun-control advocates as "gun grabbers."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off their 2015 session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth speech.

Entering his second term in office, Democrat McAuliffe will be seeking to make his mark on a General Assembly that's now firmly in control of Republicans following the surprise resignation of a Democratic senator last summer. He delivers his second Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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