Gun advocates wiped out: 11 bills to control guns, ammo advance in Sacramento

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A package of 11 gun-control bills advanced through the state Capitol this week, days following the country’s largest mass casualty shooting in modern history.

Those bills were introduced by state lawmakers at the beginning of the year, after a mass shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2 ended 14 lives.

Source: ABC News

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How free is our freedom of the press? – [TED Talks]

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A "First Amendment Area" at Muir Woo...In the US, the press has a right to publish secret information the public needs to know, protected by the First Amendment. Government surveillance has made it increasingly more dangerous for whistleblowers, the source of virtually every important story about national security since 9/11, to share information. In this concise, informative talk, Freedom of the Press Foundation co-founder and TED Fellow Trevor Timm traces the recent history of government action against individuals who expose crime and injustice and advocates for technology that can help them do it safely and anonymously.

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Get Out Of Jail Free?

Lutheran Engagement and Advocacy in Nevada


By Sheila Freed

Lutheran-Episcopal Advocacy in Nevada is proud to be part of a movement that could radically change the justice system in this state.  The proposed changes line up beautifully with the ELCA SocialStatement, “The Church and C criminal Justice:  Hearing the Cries” (2013).

James Hardesty, Associate Chief Justice of the Nevada Supreme court, spoke to members of LEAN in May.  Then at the Sierra Pacific Synod Assembly in June, the featured speaker at the LEAN-LOPP Advocacy Breakfast was Washoe County Public Defender Jeremy Bosler.    Justice Hardesty has worked for many years to make the criminal justice system in Nevada fairer and more efficient.  As the Public Defender, Mr. Bosler sees first-hand how the justice system is much harsher on the poor.

Both Mr. Bosler and Justice Hardesty spoke about something lawyers call “pretrial release,” which for most people means making…

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Court: No right to carry concealed weapons in public

no-guns-729109It seems to many the next American Revolution is about to happen in the coming weeks (or days depending who you talk to). 


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public.

In a dispute that could ultimately wind up before the Supreme Court, a divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said local law enforcement officials can place significant restrictions on who is allowed to carry concealed guns.

By a vote of 7-4, the court upheld a California law that says applicants must cite a “good cause” to obtain a concealed-carry permit. Typically, people who are being stalked or threatened, celebrities who fear for their safety, and those who routinely carry large amounts of cash or other valuables are granted permits.

“We hold that the Second Amendment does not preserve or protect a right of a member of the general public to carry concealed firearms in public,” Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher wrote for the majority.

The ruling overturned a 2014 decision by a three-judge panel of the same court that said applicants need only express a desire for personal safety.

In a dissent, Circuit Judge Consuelo M. Callahan said the ruling “obliterates the Second Amendment’s right to bear a firearm in some manner in public for self-defense.”

Three other federal appeals courts have ruled similarly in the past, upholding California-like restrictions in New York, Maryland and New Jersey. In addition, another federal appeals court struck down Illinois’ complete ban on carrying concealed weapons.

The 9th Circuit covers nine Western states, but California and Hawaii are the only ones in which the ruling will have any practical effect. The others do not require permit applicants to cite a “good cause.” Anyone in those states with a clean record and no history of mental illness can get a permit.

The National Rifle Association called the ruling “out of touch.”

“This decision will leave good people defenseless, as it completely ignores the fact that law-abiding Californians who reside in counties with hostile sheriffs will now have no means to carry a firearm outside the home for personal protection,” said NRA legislative chief Chris W. Cox.

Gun control advocates and others hailed the ruling.

“This is a significant victory for public safety and for local jurisdictions that apply sensible policies to protect the public,” said California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat.

The California case began in 2009, when Edward Peruta filed a legal challenge over the San Diego County sheriff’s refusal to issue him a permit. Peruta said at the time he wanted a weapon to protect himself, but the sheriff said he needed a better reason, such as that his occupation exposes him to robbery.

Peruta, who is a videographer known for legally challenging local government restrictions, said he is neither a hunter, collector or target shooter but challenged the law because he believed it violated the Constitution. The NRA joined him in fighting the law.

The San Diego Sheriff’s Department said Thursday that since the 9th Circuit tossed out the law two years ago, it has received 2,463 applications from people seeking a concealed-weapon permit without having to show good cause.

Sheriff’s lawyer Robert Faigan said the department hasn’t processed those applications and will continue to hold on to them while it waits to see what the Supreme Court does.

These people are destroying America

These People Are Destroying America and They Need to be Called Out June 6, 2016 by Dave Hodges Cognitive dissonance is hastening the destruction of America. When I look around and see my friends and family, I almost get a sense of normalcy. I drive by my local fire station and the American flag is […]

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Pictures: The Most Insane Moments from San Jose’s Anti-Trump Riot

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Scenes from last night’s violent riot outside a Donald Trump rally in San Jose, California.

Bystanders on social media captured some of the mayhem:


CaptureCaptureCaptureCaptureAnd photographers from news wires got even better coverage:

A woman wearing a Trump shirt (C) is pelted with eggs by protesters while pinned against a door near where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a rally in San Jose, California on June 02, 2016. (JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Torn Trump signs are seen on the ground behind a police skirmish line. (JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters climb atop a car stopped in traffic outside Trump’s rally. (JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Anti-Trump protesters confront Trump supporters as they try to leave a parking garage. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters attack a man they…

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