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Wed January 15, 2014

Gun Control and Mental Health Measure Dies in Delaware Senate

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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.

But in talks behind closed doors, members of the Democrat-led Senate failed to garner enough votes to rescind the vote on the opening day of this year's legislative session.

A spokesman for Biden said the attorney general's office isn't giving up on the issue, but the bill's chief sponsor said he doesn't expect revised legislation to come up this year.