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The General Assembly is sending one piece of gun control legislation to Gov. John Carney.

But lawmakers are continuing to debate a ban on bump stocks.

Sarah Mueller

Hundreds to thousands of students across Delaware poured out of schools Wednesday to protest school shootings and to call for more gun control laws.



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Concern over gun violence in schools, elevated in the national consciousness by the killing of 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, is raising student activism nationwide to levels not seen since protests over civil rights and the war in Vietnam a half-century ago.

The first indication of the breadth and depth of this student-generated movement will come Wednesday, the one-month anniversary of the Florida shootings, with the National School Walkout.

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Legislation banning bump stocks and strengthening sentences for people convicted of gun straw purchases passed the Delaware House Thursday.

In the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 students and teachers, the issue of guns and school safety is once again front and center.

There’s a renewed, and often heated,  debate over what lawmakers at all levels should do, including President Donald Trump and other proposing teachers be armed.

And that’s not the only reason teachers find themselves in the middle of this debate.   As students nationwide plan school day protests this month and in April, that raises the question of what role teachers will play in those protests, especially if their districts say they won’t OK walk-outs.

Delaware Public Media political reporter Sarah Mueller spent some time this week talking to Delaware State Education Association President Mike Matthews about arming teachers and the guidance DSEA is giving First State teachers on how they should respond to student protests during class time.

LGBT groups to NRA: "We're coming for you"

Jun 24, 2016
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LGBT groups across the nation are organizing for tighter gun restrictions following this month’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Delaware’s two largest LGBT groups -CAMP Rehoboth and Equality Delaware- are joining them.

By Vitaly V. Kuzmin, via Wikimedia Commons

The future is uncertain for a bill that would outlaw firearm dealers from selling a gun to anyone on a federal terrorist watch list.

House adds cop exemption to background check bill

Apr 21, 2016
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House lawmakers barely passed a bill Thursday altering how Delaware adheres to a federal background check system when it comes to buying a gun.


Two bills that have garnered headlines over the past year dealing with campus sexual assault and bolstering Delaware's firearm background check system made it through a House committee Wednesday.

Firearm background check bill introduced

Apr 14, 2016
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House lawmakers have filed legislation to close a loophole allowing gun dealers to sell a firearm after three business days if a background check is still in progress.