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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware gun purchases have surged in December and January.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports FBI data shows that a total of 12,556 federal background checks were conducted for people buying guns in Delaware during the previous two months.

This is a 26 percent increase from December 2014 to January 2015.

New Castle's Miller's Gun Center owner Bob Miller says much of the rise in background checks is due to an increase in handgun sales used for personal safety.

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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.

BALTIMORE (AP) - A federal judge has lifted a stay on his ruling that a portion of Maryland's gun permit law is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Benson Legg's decision late Monday means that in two weeks Maryland residents will be able to carry handguns without having to show a "good and substantial reason."

After a review, Legg found that the state has not established that the public interest weighs in favor of a stay.

The Maryland attorney general's office has filed a notice on plans to appeal the March ruling.