DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee has voted to release a bill that expands criminal background checks for gun purchases in Delaware to cover sales between private sellers and buyers.
The measure cleared the Judiciary Committee on a 7-to-4 vote Wednesday and now heads to the full House.
Wednesday's vote came after the committee resumed a hearing on the measure after running out of time last week with opponents still waiting to speak against the bill. Committee members heard two more hours of public comment Wednesday.
DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee has temporarily tabled a bill expanding criminal background checks for gun purchases in Delaware to include sales between private sellers and buyers. But it is expected to receive fresh scrutiny in coming days.
The bill was tabled in the House judiciary committee Wednesday after time ran out with more than a dozen people still waiting to speak.
The committee will resume consideration of the bill next week. The vast majority of people who spoke at Wednesday's committee meeting were opposed to the bill.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Capitol Police say thousands are expected to attend gun control rallies in Annapolis.
And police say that is prompting them to close some streets around the State House on Friday.
Police say Bladen Street and College Avenue will be closed beginning at 8 a.m. and are expected to remain closed for most of the day. And they are advising motorists to be prepared for traffic congestion and delays.
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.
The Maryland Senate is scheduled to take up a gun-control measure supported by Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.
The bill is set to come before the heavily Democratic chamber on Tuesday, but it's unclear when senators will vote.
Opponents who say the measure violates Second Amendment rights have pledged to seek a variety of amendments. Supporters say it will give Maryland some of the strongest laws in the nation to help prevent gun violence.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland Senate committee has approved a sweeping gun-control measure.
The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 late Thursday night in favor of the bill, which is a top priority of Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative agenda. The vote sends the legislation to the full Senate for debate next week.
In one of the biggest changes, the legislation would prohibit someone from owning a handgun if he or she has been involuntarily committed for mental health reasons.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia legislative subcommittee is set to consider a proposal to arm public school employees.
Del. Bob Marshall's bill would require school boards to designate one person in every school who would be authorized to carry a concealed handgun on school property. The Prince William County Republican submitted the legislation after the mass school shooting in Connecticut.
A historically pro-gun House Militia, Police and Public Safety subcommittee is scheduled to consider the proposal late Thursday afternoon.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is proposing background checks for private gun sales as part of a new package of gun control legislation for Delaware.
The proposal to end the so-called gun show loophole is one of several announced by state officials Monday following the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut last month. Other include banning military-style, assault-type weapons and ammunition clips holding more than five rounds for rifles and 10 rounds for handguns.
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining other state officials in unveiling proposed gun legislation for Delaware.
Following the massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut last month, officials have been looking at how to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them and how to reduce gun violence, particularly mass shootings.