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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.

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Armed security officers are now strolling the hallways in the Indian River School District.

The move follows the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last year.

Most of them are former Delaware State troopers and will be present every minute of the school day at the 14 facilities in the district.

But there are some that don’t feel comfortable with guns being carried in the schools.

Billy Windgate of Selbyville told WBOC that that he does not believe firearms belong on school grounds.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Firearms sales in Virginia are increasing while gun-related violent crimes are declining.

Federally licensed gun dealer sales show that firearms sales rose 16 percent in 2012 to a record 490,000 guns purchased.

During the same period, the number of major crimes committed with firearms dropped 5 percent to 4,378.

Virginia Commonwealth University assistant professor Thomas R. Baker specializes in research methods and criminology theory.

He says that the data indicate that more guns don't necessarily lead to more crime.

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More than two dozen firearms have been given to people in Maryland who were barred from owning them because of their criminal records.

The Baltimore Sun reports that officials say it’s because the state is unable to keep up with background checks.

A team of undercover troops recovered 30 guns which the dealers had legally released after the 7 day period.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has delayed action on a bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.

Senators adjourned Tuesday without voting on the bill, which establishes a process to keep people declared to be a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.

The bill to be voted on Tuesday establishes a process to keep people declared to be a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A new report finds that Maryland is among the top five states with the greatest number of guns that federally licensed gun dealers reported lost or stolen last year.

 WBAL-AM reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms report found that Maryland ranks third in the nation with more than 880 guns lost and 98 guns reported stolen from dealers in 2012.

Pennsylvania came in first in the ATF's ranking followed by Texas.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Wilmington's fire chief says he has begun carrying a firearm to protect himself after taking on more code enforcement duties.

Fire Chief Anthony Goode says he has been carrying a gun for about a month. He says firefighters are always in dangerous situations and don't know what they're walking into.

Goode has been involved in cracking down on three makeshift clubs run by the Thunderguards Motorcycle Club.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state House has approved two bills that are part of a package of gun-control measures proposed by Democratic Gov. Jack Markell in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting last year.

House members voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to approve a bill expanding the ability of authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns. That bill now goes to the Senate. The legislation establishes a process to keep a person declared by a court to be a danger to himself or others from having access to guns.

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Saturday, the Three Lower shore law enforcement agencies will participate in the inauguration of a statewide gun turn-in day.

It will be a chance for residents to voluntarily dispose of their unwanted firearms safely.

The locations are the Maryland State Police Barrack in Princess Anne, the Salisbury Police Department and the Pocomoke City Police Department.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that residents will not have to provide identification nor is an appointment necessary.

All types of firearms will be accepted whether they work or not.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) - Carroll County may soon reverse a ban on guns at the county's solid waste facilities in response to a Second Amendment group's objections.

The Carroll County Times reports that the Board of Commissioners decided without a vote Tuesday to remove the county's 1992 prohibition on allowing people to carry firearms at facilities like the Northern Landfill in Westminster. The county attorney will create an amendment to the county code.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is eyeing a bill that expands the ability of authorities in Delaware to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.

The legislation before the Health and Human Development Committee on Wednesday is aimed at ensuring that people deemed a danger to themselves or others don't have access to guns.

Under current law, a person who has been committed to a hospital or mental health institution for a mental disorder can be prohibited from possessing a gun.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Parents of children killed in the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut are urging Delaware lawmakers to pass new gun control measures.

Parents of three children killed at Sandy Hook planned to meet with Gov. Jack Markell on Tuesday in Dover.

Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization created by Newtown, Conn., residents after the shootings, also is coordinating meetings with legislators.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Authorities say a 13-year-old boy brought an unloaded gun to his Wilmington middle school in his backpack.

Wilmington police say students alerted teachers at P.S. duPont Middle School on Thursday morning that the teen showed schoolmates the gun as they walked to school. When staff searched the teen's backpack, police say they found the gun inside.

Police say the student didn't make any threats and he wanted to show off the gun he believed to be a BB gun.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state Senate committee is considering a bill that requires gun owners to report to police within 48 hours after discovering that a firearm has been lost or stolen.

Supporters of the measure being discussed Wednesday say mandatory reporting can help prevent firearms from winding up in the hands of criminals prohibited from possessing them and reduce straw purchases. A straw purchase occurs when a person buys a gun for someone not allowed to have one. Straw purchasers often claim that a firearm traced back to them after a crime had been lost or stolen.

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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 House committee is resuming consideration of bill expanding criminal background checks for gun purchases in Delaware to cover sales between private sellers and buyers.

The Judiciary Committee was to resume a hearing Wednesday after it ran out of time last week with opponents still waiting to speak against the bill.

The legislation is part of a gun control package proposed by Gov. Jack Markell after the December massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

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Eastern Shore Delegate Mike McDermott is proposing a three pronged approach to school safety in the wake of the shootings at a Connecticut Elementary school late last year.

The measures would allow teachers and other staff members to carry guns as long as those teachers are trained.

In addition, it would allow select school staff to carry Tasers as well as allow on-and-off duty police officers to be armed while on school grounds.

If the Maryland Republican’s measures are approved schools would be allowed to decide which measures work best for them.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge's ruling upholding restrictions on guns in Delaware public housing is being challenged.

The judge last month ruled that the Wilmington Housing Authority could prohibit residents from possessing guns in common areas except when they are taking firearms to or from their living quarters.

Two plaintiffs who challenged the restrictions filed notice Monday that they are appealing the ruling.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland can continue enforcing its gun permit law requiring residents to show a "good and substantial reason" to carry handguns until a federal appeals court decides the matter.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond granted a stay in the case on Wednesday. That's after a federal judge decided to lift a stay on his finding that the state's law was unconstitutional.

The court has directed that the case be expedited and tentatively scheduled for arguments in October.

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