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The recent school shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead has spurred the state to impose new restrictions on gun sales as well as beef up school security. But the National Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit to halt the enactment of the new laws. All of this has led Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill to ponder the power of the NRA.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - In the wake of the Florida school shooting earlier this month that left 17 people dead, a Republican lawmaker is calling for a joint hearing by the House and Senate education committees to examine school safety in Delaware.

Rep. Kevin Hensley of Townsend says that, while the Florida shooting has reignited that national debate on gun control, he is concerned about the immediate safety of schools in Delaware and whether there are some simple steps that can be taken to improve existing safety measures.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A Republican running for a Maryland legislative seat raffled off an AR-15 assault weapon at a Saturday night fundraiser, only days after the same type of weapon was used to kill 17 people at a Florida high school.

The Baltimore Sun reported that about 15 people held a peaceful vigil outside, reading off the names of the 17 victims, as well as others killed in mass shootings, before the fundraiser for sheriff's deputy Aaron Penman.

The Facebook posting for Penman's event said gun winners would have to complete background checks.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Democrats will be announcing some gun-safety measures.

House and Senate Democrats have scheduled a noon news conference to talk about the package.

One measure would ban bump stocks. Those are devices that enable rapid-fire shooting similar to fully automatic weapons.

They were used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year that killed 58 people and wounded more than 800.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The two major party candidates in Virginia's race for governor sharply disagree when it comes to guns.

Republican Ed Gillespie has an A rating from the National Rifle Association and pledged to "oppose any and all attempts to weaken the Second Amendment."

Democrat Ralph Northam said he favors stricter controls on gun ownership. He's backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's group as well as by former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was grievously wounded in a 2011 shooting.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A year after a rare compromise on gun legislation, a more familiar standoff seems likely at the Virginia General Assembly.

Advocates both for gun control and gun rights swarmed the Capitol Monday to advocate for and against gun-related legislation.

Gun rights advocates are pushing for fewer restrictions on where guns can be carried, including in schools. Gun control advocates want universal background checks on gun purchases. Both sides have uphill battles, as there's been no indication of any type of compromise brewing between lawmakers.

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POTOMAC FALLS, Va. (AP) - Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has brought her push for gun-control laws to the nation's capital and a competitive northern Virginia congressional district.

Giffords joined Democratic candidate LuAnn Bennett for a forum on preventing gun violence on Thursday morning. Bennett is challenging Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in Virginia's 10th District.

Giffords also pushed for new gun laws in Washington on Thursday with Democratic District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gun-rights activists are challenging a handgun licensing law in Maryland in federal court.

Maryland Shall Issue, a gun store and four residents filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Wednesday.

They contend the law reduces Maryland residents' constitutional rights "to mere privileges." They also argue that the state's handgun licensing process is lengthy, expensive and invasive because it requires people to submit fingerprints to get a handgun license.

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.