Firearm Background Checks at Record High for January

Firearm Background Checks at Record High for January By Sean Walton Nothing sells firearms like the threat of them being taken away. And the threat is evident on both a state and federal level. The 2020 presidential race is already weighing on the minds of gun owners who flocked to gun stores to load up in January. The FBI reported today that January saw a record of 2,702,702 background checks, which closely track gun sales and requests for concealed carry permits. That broke the last January record of 2,545,802, set…

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Pentagon Preparing to Quarantine up to 1,000 People With Coronavirus If Necessary

Pentagon Preparing to Quarantine up to 1,000 People With Coronavirus If Necessary By Sean Walton The Pentagon is preparing military installations to, if necessary, quarantine up to 1,000 people returning to the US from overseas to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, the Department of Defense announced Saturday. “On Feb. 1, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper approved a request for assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services for housing support for 1,000 people who may need to be quarantined upon…

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Cyberattacks Against North Dakota Government Averaged 15 Million Per Month Last Year

Cyberattacks Against North Dakota Government Averaged 15 Million Per Month Last Year By Sean Walton Attempted cyberattacks against North Dakota’s state government nearly tripled last year, according to the Grand Forks Herald. Shawn Riley, North Dakota’s chief information officer and head of the information technology department, said there were more than 15 million cyberattacks against the state’s government per month in 2019, a 300 percent increase since 2018. In 2018, there were about 5 million attempted cyberattacks per month. These figures aren’t surprising, however. Local governments nationwide have seen an…

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Hopi and Navajo Homes Without Heat This Winter Due To Coal Mine Closure

Hopi and Navajo Homes Without Heat This Winter Due To Coal Mine Closure By Sean Walton The Kayenta coal mine in northeastern Arizona shut down last year, along with the power plant it supplied. Coal from that mine used to light up Las Vegas and Los Angeles and supply the electricity to pump water to Phoenix and Tucson. Those cities have been able to turn to other sources of energy. Not so on the Hopi and Navajo Nations. For decades, tribal members relied on Kayenta coal to heat their homes,…

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New Mexico Lawmakers Pre-file Gun Control Bills

New Mexico Lawmakers Pre-file Gun Control Bills By Sean Walton While the New Mexico Legislature won’t convene until next week, anti-gun legislators have already pre-filed multiple gun control bills, including “Red Flag” gun confiscation laws and bans on popular firearm accessories. House Bill 7 / Senate Bill 5 – Sponsored by Rep. Daymon Ely and Senator Joseph Cervantes, these bills would authorize the seizure of firearms and/or ammunition from individuals without due process. Unchallenged statements made by a petitioner before a judge, alleging that someone is a danger to themselves…

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Hemp Farmers Worried Newly Proposed Changes to Federal Regulations Could Put Them Out Of Business

Hemp Farmers Worried Newly Proposed Changes to Federal Regulations Could Put Them Out Of Business By Sean Walton Hemp growers and entrepreneurs who were joyous a year ago after U.S. lawmakers reclassified the plant as a legal agricultural crop now are worried their businesses could be crippled if federal policymakers move ahead with draft regulations. Licenses for hemp cultivation topped a half-million acres last year, more than 450% above 2018 levels, so there’s intense interest in the rules the U.S. government is creating. Critical comments on the draft have poured…

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FAA Responds to Drone Mystery by Proposing Rule Change to Require Drones to be Identifiable

FAA Responds to Drone Mystery by Proposing Rule Change to Require Drones to be Identifiable By Sean Walton One day after Colorado and western Nebraska counties reported a series of mysterious, nocturnal drone flights, the Federal Aviation Administration is promoting a rule change that requires most drones to be identifiable remotely, a report said Monday. The rule change, announced Thursday, has been in works for more than a year, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email to the Denver Post Monday. Under the legislation, law enforcement, federal security agencies…

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Maryland Elections Board Sued for Hiding Voter Registration Records

Maryland Elections Board Sued for Hiding Voter Registration Records By Sean Walton The left likes to claim that voter fraud is rare and mostly involves foreign nations. However, the truth is voter rolls are in poor shape in far too many areas of the country leading to cases like this one in Maryland. A watchdog group is suing the Maryland state board of elections for hiding voter registration records. The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), an Indiana-based election integrity group, filed a complaint Dec. 16 against several individuals with Maryland’s…

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California Adds 15 New Gun-related Laws Including a Much More Broadly Defined “Red Flag” Law

California Adds 15 New Gun-related Laws Including a Much More Broadly Defined “Red Flag” Law By Sean Walton California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed 15 gun-related bills into law Friday, tightening the state’s already-stringent Second Amendment restrictions. One of the bills, which expands a so-called “red flag” law to allow co-workers, employers and educators to seek gun violence restraining orders against firearms owners they fear are a danger to themselves and others, was vetoed twice by Newsom’s predecessor, Jerry Brown. Newsom also signed a companion bill allowing the gun violence…

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Facial Recognition Smart Streetlights Raise Concerns

Facial Recognition Smart Streetlights Raise Concerns By Sean Walton What began as a way to increase public safety has turned into a civil rights concern. Some residents of San Diego, California are demanding the removal of some 4,000 ‘Smart Streetlights’ which they claim are an invasion of privacy. The devices use sensor nodes to gather a range of information, such as weather and parking counts, but also uses facial recognition technology to count pedestrians. The San Diego City Council approved the installation of the Smart StreetLights in December 2016 –…

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