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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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