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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Court Rules VA Must Pay for Veterans’ Emergency Room Care, a Decision That May Be Worth Billions

Court Rules VA Must Pay for Veterans’ Emergency Room Care, a Decision That May Be Worth Billions By Sean Walton The Department of Veterans Affairs must reimburse veterans for emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, a federal appeals court ruled Monday — a decision that could be worth billions of dollars to veterans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims said the VA has been wrongfully denying reimbursement to veterans who sought emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, and struck down an internal VA regulation that blocked those payments.…

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DOJ Wants Tech Giants to Hand Over Gun Owners’ Information

DOJ Wants Tech Giants to Hand Over Gun Owners’ Information By Sean Walton The Department of Justice on Thursday filed a court order stating they want Apple and Google to hand over the information of more than 10,000 gun owners. The DOJ wants the information of gun owners who use the mobile app called Obsidian 4, which allows rifle owners to calibrate their scope using their cell phone, Forbes reported. The government wants users’ data as part of a larger immigration and customs enforcement investigation into breaches of weapons export regulations.…

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Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Evacuated, “Not Mission Capable” Following 7.1 California Quake

Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Evacuated, “Not Mission Capable” Following 7.1 California Quake By Sean Walton Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake was evacuated and deemed incapable of conducting missions following a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake that rattled Southern California Friday evening. On the base’s Facebook page, officials said personnel were in the midst of checking for any infrastructure damage following Thursday’s 6.4-magnitude temblor. Around 8:19 p.m. Friday, the 7.1-magnitude quake struck about 11 miles north, northeast of Ridgecrest. “NAWS China Lake is not mission capable until further notice; however,…

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9/11 First Responder Who Testified to Congress With Jon Stewart Dies at 53

9/11 First Responder Who Testified to Congress With Jon Stewart Dies at 53 By Sean Walton Luis Alvarez, a New York Police Department bomb squad technician who worked for weeks helping to clean up Ground Zero following the 2001 terrorist attacks, passed away on Saturday from complications related to his cancer, his family announced in a statement. “It is with peace and comfort, that the Alvarez family announce that Luis (Lou) Alvarez, our warrior, has gone home to our Good Lord in heaven today,” the statement posed to Facebook read. Please…

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VA Whistleblower Threatened With Termination The Day Before Scheduled Testimony

VA Whistleblower Threatened With Termination The Day Before Scheduled Testimony By Sean Walton One day before Minu Aghevli testified at a House committee hearing about official Department of Veterans Affairs misconduct, she received a thick packet of documents that shook her life. It amounted to a pink slip more than 170 pages long, including about 140 pages outlining reasons VA plans to fire her, according to Kevin Owen, her lawyer. The packet arrived on Monday. She testified on Tuesday. Aghevli, 42, is a District native who has spent her entire…

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Supreme Court Says No to NYC’s Second Amendment-Avoidance Scheme

Supreme Court Says No to NYC’s Second Amendment-Avoidance Scheme By Sean Walton On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to buy into New York City’s transparent scheme to avoid the Court’s review, and wisely denied the city’s request to indefinitely put a hold on NY State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York. It’s the Supreme Court’s first true Second Amendment case since 2010. For years, residents of New York have been required to apply for a “premises license” to own a handgun. Worse, city officials place a…

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