Gun Safety

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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.

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."

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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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.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland delegate is asking the attorney general whether it's legal for state police to allow up to 200 employees from five agencies to view prospective gun buyers' information as the state churns through an application backlog.

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.

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.

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. Andy Harris has scheduled a town hall this weekend to talk about Second Amendment rights and gun-safety issues.

The Republican congressman's office said Tuesday the town hall will be held on Saturday in Ocean City.

The congressman's office says Maryland Delegates Mike McDermott and Charles Otto also are scheduled to attend.

In Annapolis, lawmakers are considering a comprehensive gun-control measure supported by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Dover Teen Shot; 14-Year-Old Charged

May 4, 2012

UPDATE 5-4-12 3:30 p.m.

A Dover teenage was shot last night in the abdomen, allegedly by a 14-year-old male.

Delaware State Police officials say the incident occurred Thursday at 8:20 p.m., at a residence on Park Lane.

According to reports, 14-year-old Kameron Scott, of Dover, retrieved a handgun from a bedroom inside the residence. He then approached a 15-year-old victim in the living room and pointed the gun at him.