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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly released figures show Virginia State Police arrested more people than ever in 2015 for illegally attempting to buy firearms at state gun shows.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports state troopers arrested 91 people last year at 75 gun shows on charges related to someone being prohibited from possessing a firearm. That's a 54 percent increase over 2014 and the most since 71 people were arrested in 2013.

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There will be no open carry for guns in Newark municipal buildings.

The decision by the City Council would also bar open carry in buildings leased by the resort.

Concealed licensed weapons would still be allowed.

There is also an exception for law enforcement and those who carry guns as part of their employment.

In addition, to banning open carry of firearms and gun components it would also bar explosives.

Those who opposed the ban argued that it would keep people who can’t afford a concealed weapon license from protecting themselves.

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The city of Newark is looking at banning open carry for guns in city buildings as well as private buildings where city officials are carrying out business.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city council will be debating a measure that would bar firearms, gun component, ammunition and explosives.

There would be an exception for law enforcement and other who carry weapons for their jobs.

Concealed guns would still be allowed.

There would be a fine of up to $500 and a possible year in jail.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are set to head back to Capitol for start of the 2016 legislative session.

The session is scheduled to start Wednesday. It marks the mid-point of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's term-limited time in office. Both chambers of the General Assembly are controlled by Republicans, giving the governor little chance of advancing an aggressive agenda. Likewise, the governor's veto pen gives him to ability to keep in check any GOP-led efforts he disagrees with.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A group is challenging state regulations that ban firearms in state forests and state parks unless they are being used for hunting.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports two sport shooting groups along with some individuals have filed a lawsuit in Chancery Court, challenging those regulations.

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A recent audit of the Maryland State Police has found problems with spending and handgun accounts.  

The reports discovered that the records failed to identify specific activities when it came to expenses.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that this resulted in unusually large balances ranging from a $44 million deficit in one account and a $34 million surplus in another.

The report also said there were discrepancies in how the department kept track of firearms and their ownership.

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PIKESVILLE, Md. (AP) - The state of Maryland is scrapping a 15-year effort to build a database of ballistic "fingerprints" on hundreds of thousands of handguns.

The Baltimore Sun reported Sunday that the system, enacted in 2000, never solved a single case.

The law required gun manufacturers to fire every handgun sold in Maryland and send the spent casings to authorities. State police collected the casings at their headquarters in Pikesville and built a database of ballistic "fingerprints" that could be used to solve crimes.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A fatal shooting in Wilmington has tied the city's 2014 total for people killed by guns.

The News-Journal reported Thursday that with more than two months left in 2015, the number of shooting deaths this year stands at 23.

Police say the latest victim was 22-year-old Quadrice Barksdale, killed Tuesday night in the 100 block of Lower Oak Street.


WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is signing legislation that clarifies how and when authorities can confiscate firearms from and prohibit the purchase of guns by people accused or convicted of domestic violence.

The legislation to be signed Friday also expands the definition of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to include substantive dating relationships and people who are or were cohabitating.

The bill signing is in conjunction with Markell issuing a proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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Guns and more guns.

Actually more than 30 were owned by John Dimarhos a Salisbury convicted felon.

He was arrested on September 12th by the Maryland Natural Resources Police after a routine check on the hunter.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he told the publication he would fight the 14 felony and misdemeanor gun charges.

He told the paper that they were given to him from a relative who recently died and that he kept them for sentimental reasons.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Days after two journalists were fatally shot during a live broadcast at a Virginia resort, several Democratic legislators have produced a petition with nearly 28,000 signatures supporting expanded background checks for gun buyers.

The northern Virginia lawmakers unveiled the petition Thursday at a news conference in Arlington, signaling a likely push for universal background checks in the next legislative session. Currently, private sales - including those conducted at gun shows - are not subject to background checks.

Essay: Keep On Truckin'

Aug 28, 2015
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The pickup truck has been viewed as the mainstay of the working man. But, as Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill writes that has been overtaken by a new breed of driver.

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Openly carrying firearms in the city buildings and other functions in Bethany Beach may soon be banned.

At a work session this week Mayor Jack Gordon said the prohibition got the unanimous back from the town council.

Those with concealed weapons permits would still be allowed to carry their arms but they must be kept out of sight.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the action was prompted by an incident at a Newark City Council meeting where residents openly carried weapons into a meeting.

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The Lewes City Council has conditionally approved a measure that would keep people from openly carrying weapons into municipal settings.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the town is using a new power given by state legislation which has not yet been signed by the governor.

Governor Jack Markell’s office says it has not yet gotten to his desk and the resort made implementation dependent upon the governor’s signature.

The resort currently restricts the right to open carry within the town limits with exception for hunters and police officers.

Essay: Guns and College

Apr 24, 2015
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With more and more laws allowing guns in public places, some have suggested that college campuses be opened up for the right to bear arms. But, Delmarva Public Radio's Essayist George Merrill ponders mixing the age of innocence with the age of the gun.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that Walmart can exclude from its 2015 proxy statement a shareholder's proposal to review the sale of some guns.

The appeals court in Philadelphia on Tuesday reversed a 2014 ruling ordering Wal-Mart to include the proposal from Trinity Wall Street Church in New York.

A Delaware judge had declared that the proposal about guns with magazines holding more than 10 rounds should not have been excluded from 2014 proxy materials.

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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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With less than a week to go before the gubernatorial election in Maryland, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) and Larry Hogan (R) are bringing in some big political names as the race tightens to single digits in the public opinion polls. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush examines the campaign and the issues that divide the two candidates.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach's City Council wants the General Assembly to require owners to report lost or stolen guns.

Media outlets report that the proposal is part of the city's legislative agenda. Council members approved the agenda on Tuesday.

The city's proposal would impose a civil fine for failing to report lost or stolen guns within two days of realizing the firearms were missing.

Police chief Jim Cervera requested the proposal. He says it would make reuniting gun owners with their property easier.

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During a campaign swing through the Eastern Shore Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful Lt. Governor Anthony Brown pledged that if elected he would personally invite Jim Perdue to meet with his administration on environmental regulations.

Perdue has complained that he does not feel that he has a seat at the table when it comes to environmental regulations.

After an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University, Brown was asked about Perdue’s remarks.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gun sales in Virginia are down following three years of growth.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch says Virginia State Police logged background checks for 219,491 transactions during the first seven months of 2014. That's down 23 percent from 286,480 transactions during the same period in 2013.

Transactions at gun shows declined by 21 percent during the same period, from 24,870 to 20,492.

Robert Marcus owns Bob's Gun Shop in Norfolk. He says he's surprised that the sales decline isn't greater because 2013 was an aberration.

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say three students have been charged after school administrators found they had guns at a New Castle school.

Police said Friday that the weapons were discovered Wednesday at William Penn High School.

Investigators say school administrators removed two students from their classrooms after seeing an Instagram photo showing the students posing with a handgun in a school bathroom.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee has released a bill that establishes new criminal penalties for using a gun while committing a felony.

Under current law, a person convicted of having a gun while committing a felony faces a minimum sentence of three years in prison.

The bill discussed by the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday would increase the minimum penalty to four years if the offender brandishes the guns or threatens to use it.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The House of Delegates is considering a bill that would link Maryland's gun registry to its criminal database.

Del. Luiz Simmons, D-Montgomery, the chief sponsor, says right now Maryland State Police can't systematically identify criminals who are required by law to surrender their guns.

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) - Democrat Heather Mizeur has released a plan to reduce crime as part of her primary campaign for governor.

Mizeur said Wednesday she supports universal background checks for all guns. She also wants to require law enforcement to seize all guns at the scenes of domestic violence incidents. Part of Mizeur's plan includes raising the age requirement for the purchase of all guns to 21 years and providing grants for local buy-back programs.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - An effort to revive a bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns has failed in the state Senate.

The bill, pushed by Attorney General Beau Biden, won overwhelming passage in the House last year before being dealt a stunning defeat in the Senate.

Under their rules, Senate lawmakers had three legislative days, a period ending Tuesday, to rescind the vote.

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Bethany Beach officials cannot keep Bethany Cycle and Fitness from selling and transferring firearms.

Local resident Carol Brigleb voiced concerns more than a year ago about the practice and the council began examining the law after the bike shop was in the process of changing ownership.

However, Delaware state law prohibits municipalities from restricting ownership, transfer or possession of firearms.

Mayor Tony McClenny told the Wilmington News Journal that the town will not be pursuing any change.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Police say a Wesley College student has been arrested after bringing a loaded handgun to class in his backpack.

Dover police say two students alerted campus police on Tuesday and officers arrested the student, 19-year-old Vaughn Reese of Slatington, Pa., in the classroom without incident. Officials say the other students reported seeing the gun in Reese's bag the night before.

Police say the .25-caliber Titan handgun had one round in the magazine.

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.