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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Democrats say their major Election Day gains in November have boosted the odds of passing new gun control measures.

Democrats in the swing state swept three statewide offices and picked up at least 15 House seats, nearly erasing Republicans' lead in Virginia's lower chamber. Republicans narrowly lead the Senate.

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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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FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam highlighted his ability to attract Republicans while former congressman Tom Perriello touted his appeal to disillusioned voters as the two met in their first Democratic gubernatorial debate.

Northam had been expecting an easy path to the nomination, but Perriello launched a late campaign that has attracted support of the party's insurgent wing.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker wants school boards in the state to designate employees who can carry concealed handguns on school property.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the bill from Republican Del. Bob Marshall of Prince William County would require those who carry guns on school grounds to be trained and certified. They'd get training either from the state or from the National Rifle Association.

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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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Not a week goes by when a shooting doesn't spark a conversation about gun control. Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill writes that a recent letter from the head of the National Rifle Association got him to thinking about just what the organization wants from him. 

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in Maryland's gubernatorial race.

The Brady campaign, which announced the endorsement Tuesday, cited Brown's support for a gun-control law enacted last year. The law bans 45 assault weapons and limits gun magazines to 10 rounds. It also requires handgun buyers to submit fingerprints to state police.

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is making his second trip to Maryland to support Republican Larry Hogan's bid for governor.

Christie is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Potomac on Tuesday morning. After that, he's scheduled to make a campaign stop at the Original Pancake House in Bethesda.

Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He helped raise more than $400,000 last month at a fundraiser in Bethesda.

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In a setback for the Wilmington Housing Atuhority the National Rifle Association has gotten the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals to send a restrictions on guns in public housing back to Delaware for a ruling by the state Supreme Court .

The three judge panel has asked the high court decide whether the Authority can…under the Delaware State constitution to limit the possession of firearms in its buildings and can require residents to provide copies of their license to own and carry a firearm, including one that is concealed.

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Governor Martin O’Malley took to the state capital to testify for his proposals that would ban assault weapons and limit magazine capacities.

The Governor told the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, “We choose to take on gun violence because life is precious.”

As the Democrat took the witness stand the National Rifle Association and conservative lawmakers drew hundreds of anti-gun control protests to a raucous rally denouncing the proposals.

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