WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gun control advocates in Delaware are rallying to urge state lawmakers to approve a bill that stalled in the General Assembly last year.
The bill, which is being pushed by Attorney General Beau Biden, expands the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns.
The measure, which establishes a process to keep people declared to be a danger to themselves or others from having access to guns, was defeated in the state Senate last year after winning overwhelming passage in the state House.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court won't review a decision upholding Maryland's law requiring handgun permit applicants to demonstrate a "good and substantial reason" for carrying a weapon outside their own home or business.
The high court on Tuesday refused to hear from Raymond Woollard and the Second Amendment Foundation, Inc., who say the law violates the Second Amendment.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The state of Maryland faces a second challenge to a gun-control law set to take effect Tuesday.
On Friday, a collection of gun shops, firearm associations and people with pending handgun permit applications filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. They're challenging a provision requiring prospective buyers to submit their fingerprints to obtain a handgun qualification license.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Opponents of a new gun-control measure in Maryland have filed a lawsuit to block the legislation from taking effect.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland on Thursday and seeks to stop the law from taking effect on Oct. 1. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed the new law in May. It gives the state some of the nation's tightest gun laws.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland State Police says officers from several law enforcement agencies will help troopers conduct background checks for people applying to buy guns.
State police said Thursday that officers from other agencies will conduct firearm purchase application background investigations. State law requires that the investigations be conducted by police officers.
As many as 20 officers will work out of a Maryland State Police office in Columbia beginning Monday.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gun purchase applications in Maryland are up ahead of the start of a gun control measure that gives Maryland some of the nation's tightest gun laws.
The Washington Times reports state police received 85,141 gun-purchase applications this year through Aug. 31. That's compared with 70,099 applications in all of 2012 and 46,339 applications in 2011. Gun dealers say they have been overwhelmed ahead of the law's Oct. 1 effective date.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill expanding the ability of Delaware authorities to prohibit people with mental health issues from having guns has gone down to a stunning defeat in the state Senate.
Senators voted 13-to-6 Thursday to reject the measure, dealing a blow to Attorney General Beau Biden's office, which pushed for its passage. The legislation cleared the House with only one dissenting vote.
The bill was pulled from the Senate agenda Tuesday, but the chief sponsor said he was unaware of any problems prior to its defeat Thursday.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill requiring the reporting of lost or stolen firearms.
Supporters of the measure to be voted on Thursday say it could help reduce gun violence by cracking down on so-called straw purchases, in which people buy guns for sale or transfer to others who aren't supposed to have them.
Authorities note that people who illegally make straw purchases for others often escape prosecution by telling investigators that a straw-purchased gun was lost or stolen.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill to repeal Delaware's death penalty has stalled in a House committee after barely clearing the Senate.
Members of the Judiciary Committee took no action on the measure Wednesday after it appeared it would fail to win passage.
The measure barely cleared the Senate last month on an 11-10 vote after chief sponsor Sen. Karen Peterson removed a controversial provision that would have spared the lives of 17 inmates awaiting execution in Delaware.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden wants to make it more difficult for people considered to be a danger to themselves or others to obtain guns.
Biden proposed legislation Monday requiring mental health providers, including school counselors, to call police if they believe a person poses a danger to himself or others. Police would investigate and would refer the case to the state Department of Justice if they believe the person shouldn't have access to a gun.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is making a new push to prevent people thought to be dangerous from acquiring guns.
Biden will announce new gun-control legislation at a news conference Monday afternoon.
He'll be joined by lawmakers, police and physicians. The secretary of Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services will also attend. Biden's office says the measure would make it easier for the state to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous individuals, including the mentally ill.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Medical marijuana and a measure addressing legal responsibilities related to dog bites are some of the remaining issues before Maryland lawmakers on the last day of the legislative session.
The session is scheduled to end at midnight Monday. Most major bills have already been passed, including: one relating to gun control; a gas tax increase; a Baltimore schools funding plan; and a repeal of the death penalty.
The medical marijuana bill will put Maryland on track to have a program at academic medical research centers that decide to participate.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Senate president says the Senate is planning to get to work on a gun-control measure.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller announced the Senate would hold two sessions Thursday in order to take up the bill.
The Senate passed an earlier version of the bill more than a month ago. The House of Delegates passed it with some changes Wednesday. The Senate still needs to concur with those changes to send the bill to Gov. Martin O'Malley.