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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to vote on a gun-control measure.

The House is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday.

Democratic lawmakers defeated Republican efforts to weaken the measure Tuesday night.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates is scheduled to take up Gov. Martin O'Malley's gun-control measure.

The House is planning to consider changes to the bill on Tuesday.

Two House panels voted 27-18 on Friday to move the bill to the floor.

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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.

The measure cleared the Judiciary Committee on a 7-to-4 vote Wednesday and now heads to the full House.

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.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee has temporarily tabled a bill expanding criminal background checks for gun purchases in Delaware to include sales between private sellers and buyers. But it is expected to receive fresh scrutiny in coming days.

The bill was tabled in the House judiciary committee Wednesday after time ran out with more than a dozen people still waiting to speak.

The committee will resume consideration of the bill next week. The vast majority of people who spoke at Wednesday's committee meeting were opposed to the bill.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Capitol Police say thousands are expected to attend gun control rallies in Annapolis.

And police say that is prompting them to close some streets around the State House on Friday.

Police say Bladen Street and College Avenue will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. and are expected to remain closed for most of the day. And they are advising motorists to be prepared for traffic congestion and delays.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has voted to keep one of the most controversial parts of a gun-control bill - a licensing provision for handguns that would require owners to submit fingerprints.

The Senate rejected an amendment on Wednesday that would have taken the licensing part out of the bill on a 20-27 vote.

Sen. Brian Frosh, D-Montgomery, says the provision will sharply reduce the number of guns that end up in the hands of criminals by making it far less likely for people to buy guns for them when they are prohibited from owning the weapons.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate got an early start to work on a gun-control measure.

Senators are scheduled to convene at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, about two hours earlier than they usually gather.

They are set to debate 20 amendments to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposal. After that, senators will have a chance to offer other changes.

Debate on the sweeping measure is expected to last most of the week in the Senate.

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The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a gun-control measure supported by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The bill is set to come before the heavily Democratic chamber on Tuesday, but it's unclear when senators will vote.

Opponents who say the measure violates Second Amendment rights have pledged to seek a variety of amendments. Supporters say it will give Maryland some of the strongest laws in the nation to help prevent gun violence.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate committee has approved a sweeping gun-control measure.

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 late Thursday night in favor of the bill, which is a top priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative agenda. The vote sends the legislation to the full Senate for debate next week.

In one of the biggest changes, the legislation would prohibit someone from owning a handgun if he or she has been involuntarily committed for mental health reasons.

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Governor Martin O’Malley took to the state capital to testify for his proposals that would ban assault weapons and limit magazine capacities.

The Governor told the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, “We choose to take on gun violence because life is precious.”

As the Democrat took the witness stand the National Rifle Association and conservative lawmakers drew hundreds of anti-gun control protests to a raucous rally denouncing the proposals.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley will be testifying in Annapolis on a comprehensive gun-control measure he is backing this year.

O'Malley is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee.

The Democratic governor wants to ban assault weapons and create stricter licensing requirements for handguns.

The measure also includes provisions to improve the state's mental health services as a way to prevent violence. It would also set aside money in the state's capital schools budget for school safety.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Martin O'Malley is calling on lawmakers to take up the tough challenge of addressing transportation funding this session.

O'Malley is giving his seventh State of the State speech of his administration on Wednesday.

The Democratic governor also is touting investments in his budget to improve public education and build new schools. The governor's budget proposal includes $336 million for school construction.

Delaware’s GOP lawmakers are calling for every school in the First State to have a crisis button that can alert authorities to an emergency.

In addition they want to create a $5 million state fund for school safety grants to address security and gun violence.

The proposals are a response to the deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 20 children dead.

The Republican proposals are markedly different from Governor Jack Markell and

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia legislative subcommittee is set to consider a proposal to arm public school employees.

Del. Bob Marshall's bill would require school boards to designate one person in every school who would be authorized to carry a concealed handgun on school property. The Prince William County Republican submitted the legislation after the mass school shooting in Connecticut.

A historically pro-gun House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee is scheduled to consider the proposal late Thursday afternoon.

BALTIMORE (AP) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is calling for federal gun control reforms.

Bloomberg outlined his proposals Monday at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at a summit on reducing gun violence.

The two-day summit began one month after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

Bloomberg is urging President Barack Obama and Congress to increase background check requirements for firearms purchases.

The Cambridge Town Council unanimously approved “Fix Gun Checks Acts” legislation that would require strong background checks for those seeking to buy guns.

Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley told WBOC that she hoped it would send a message to state and federal officials that it is time for them to act.

The Mayor said the legislation is something that she should on the “Mayors Against Illegal Guns”.

She told WBOC that it would help heighten guns safety starting in her town that she hoped would then spread nationwide.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing background checks for private gun sales as part of a new package of gun control legislation for Delaware.

The proposal to end the so-called gun show loophole is one of several announced by state officials Monday following the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut last month. Other include banning military-style, assault-type weapons and ammunition clips holding more than five rounds for rifles and 10 rounds for handguns.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining other state officials in unveiling proposed gun legislation for Delaware.

Following the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut last month, officials have been looking at how to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them and how to reduce gun violence, particularly mass shootings.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers are gathering in Dover to convene a new legislative session. The 147th session of the Delaware General Assembly is to be gaveled to order Tuesday afternoon.

As usual, a key issue for lawmakers this year will be the state budget, with stagnant revenues and rising costs putting a squeeze on Delaware's fiscal forecast.

Other thorny issues likely to surface this year include gun control and gay marriage.

 

            Maryland Attorney General Doug Ganlser is asking a federal judge to keep the state’s gun law in effect while his office appeals the court’s decision that found the measure unconstitutional.

            This week Judge Benson Everett Legg ruled that under the Second Amendment Maryland’s law requiring state residents to show a good and substantial reason to carry a handgun is unconstitutional.

            The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the judge said that the right to bear arms extends outside of the home.

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