Archive for April 17th, 2012

Calhoun Falls, SC Town Councilman Charged With D.U.I. and Threatening to Kill a Police Officer

April 17, 2012

From The Associated Press, April 17, 2012

CALHOUN FALLS, S.C. — A Calhoun Falls town councilman has been charged with drunken driving and threatening a police officer.

Fifty-six-year-old Charles Tillman was arrested Monday morning.

Police say Tillman was driving on the wrong side of state Highway 81 and was speeding. Police Chief Mike Alewine says Tillman refused to stop and they found an open container of alcohol when they followed him home.

Officers say Tillman refused a breath test and while on the way to jail threatened to kill an officer

He’s charged with DUI, failure to stop for police, speeding, having an open container of alcohol and threatening the life of a public official.

Tillman told WSPA-TV he was being racially profiled and said he didn’t stop because he was almost home.

Alewine denies any racial profiling in the department.

Police Handcuff Georgia Kindergartner for Tantrum

April 17, 2012

From http://www.wsoctv.com, April 17, 2012

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. (AP) – Police in Georgia handcuffed a kindergartner after the girl threw a tantrum, and the police chief is making no apologies.

WMAZ-TV reports the 6-year-old is accused of tearing items off the walls and throwing furniture at school in the central Georgia city of Milledgeville. The police report says the girl knocked over a shelf that injured the principal.

The elementary school called police after the Friday tantrum. The report says when an officer tried to calm the child, she resisted and was handcuffed. The girl was charged with simple assault and damage to property.

Police Chief Dray Swicord says the department’s policy is to handcuff people in certain situations, and “there is no age discrimination on that rule.”

The child was suspended from school until August.

Remington Arms Threatens to Pull Plant Out of New York Over Mayor Bloomberg Backed Anti-Gun Bill

April 17, 2012

Business Employs More Than 1,000 in Town of Ilion

From The New York Daily News by Ken Lovett, March 26, 2012

ALBANY — One of the world’s major gun manufacturers is threatening to pull its plant out of New York over a gun bill pushed by Mayor Bloomberg.

Remington Arms Company, in a recent letter to Gov. Cuomo, said it may be forced to bail on the Empire State if a law requiring bullet casings to carry unique markings is enacted.

Supporters argue the technology, known as microstamping, would help solve gun crimes. Detractors say it’s unreliable, easily tampered with and costly.

Remington has a manufacturing plant that employs more than 1,000 workers in the village of Ilion, about 90 miles west of Albany.

“Mandating firearms micro- stamping will restrict the ability of Remington to expand business in the Empire State,” company chief strategy officer Stephen Jackson Jr. wrote to Cuomo.

“Worse yet, Remington could be forced to reconsider its commitment to the New York market altogether rather than spend the astronomical sums of money needed to completely reconfigure our manufacturing and assembly processes.”

Jackson insisted that law enforcement, gun retailers and “law-abiding consumers throughout New York — if not the entire country” would be directly affected.

Senate bill sponsor Jose Peralta dismissed Remingtons warning as “just another tactic being used to try and block microstamping, which is supported by many crime-fighters.”

He said gun manufacturers didn’t leave California and Massachusetts when those states enacted ballistic identification rules.

Cuomo during his 2010 campaign called microstamping a “common-sense” and “pro-law enforcement” gun safety law.

The governors position has not changed, even with Remingtons threat to leave, Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto said.

Microstamping is not expected to clear the GOP-controlled Senate, where Democratic efforts to bring it to the floor have been blocked.

The bills best chance might have been in 2010 when the Democrats controlled the Senate. But the Dems couldnt muster the required 32 votes to pass it.

 

Support U.S. H.R. 4269, the “Protecting Lawful Transportation of Firearms Act”

April 17, 2012

From The Buckeye Firearms Association, by Chad Baus, April 10, 2012

When Congress passed the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA) in 1986, one of the key provisions of the bill was intended to protect the rights of gun owners to legally transport their firearms between locations where they are legally allowed to possess them.

Unfortunately, some local jurisdictions have chosen to ignore federal law and the courts have upheld these infringements on Second Amendment rights.

H.R. 4269, introduced by U.S. Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Ted Poe (R-Texas) and Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) would amend this provision to ensure it has the effect Congress intended.

Most states have never had a problem with this law. However, both before and after enactment of FOPA, gun owners have had serious problems lawfully travelling with their firearms in two states in particular: New York (especially New York City) and New Jersey. Rather than recognize the intention of Congress to protect the rights of Americans travelling with legally owned firearms, these jurisdictions have used overly restrictive state licensing laws to harass and prosecute travelers.

Many gun owners, for example, have been arrested when trying to check in with firearms for flights out of New York and New Jersey airports. But in NRA-supported civil rights lawsuits contesting those arrests, federal courts have interpreted the law in a way that allows local law enforcement officials to detain or arrest travelers who make every effort to comply with federal law, and that deprive the travelers of any effective remedy after the fact. Many other cases have resulted in guilty pleas to reduced charges, civil penalties, and delayed travel. Due to these improper actions, NRA has been forced to repeatedly warn gun owners that they should avoid using New York or New Jersey airports when traveling.

The refusal of the authorities in some jurisdictions to recognize federal law and the failure of the courts to enforce the provisions of FOPA, makes this legislation necessary.

H.R. 4269 would:

  • Expand the protections afforded travelers to include “staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental” to the trip.
    Put the burden of proof clearly on the state to show that a traveler did not meet the requirements of the law, rather than allow travelers to be arrested and forced to raise the law as an affirmative defense.
  • Make clear that transportation of both firearms and ammunition is federally protected.
  • Make clear that the right to transport firearms is judicially enforceable as a federal civil right, with attorney’s fees available to victorious plaintiffs in civil suits, as well as to defendants who prevail in criminal cases.

Finally, it’s important to note that while the NRA is working to enact a national Right-to-Carry Reciprocity bill this bill does not achieve that. This legislation is intended only to provide real legal protection for people transporting cased and unloaded guns while traveling.

Please be sure to contact your U.S. Representative and urge him or her to cosponsor and support H.R. 4269.

South Korea Unveils Robotic Prison Guards

April 17, 2012

Promises Futuristic Cavity Searches

From i09.com, April 16, 2012

To round out their drug-sniffing clone dog army, South Korean authorities are now experimenting with robotic prison guards. Lest you think these cyber-wardens will be equipped with gatling guns in the style of Robocop‘s ED-209, know that this alarm-equipped bot has more in common with the Death Star’s delivery droids.

Of course, the robots’ responsibilities may expand as the technology improves. Explains Reuters of these security machines’ potential uses:

The robot has been designed to patrol a prison autonomously, but an IPad will allow manual control as well. The next step, say designers, is a robot that conducts body searches although they admit, neither the technology nor the prison system is quite ready for a step that far into the future.

I can’t even begin to divine how cold-metal cavity searches would work. The thought of Terminator bunk checks is so damn harrowing that there’s a 75% chance I’m clocking out by lunchtime. You’ve won this round, reality.


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