Kansas legislators gave final approval Saturday to a bill that would nullify city and county gun restrictions and ensure that it’s legal across the state to openly carry firearms, a measure the National Rifle Association sees as a nationwide model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power.
The House approved the legislation, 102-19, a day after the Senate passed it, 37-2. The measure goes next to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. He hasn’t said whether he’ll sign it, but he’s a strong supporter of gun rights and has signed other measures backed by the NRA and the Kansas State Rifle Association.
Kansas law doesn’t expressly forbid the open carrying of firearms, and the attorney general’s office has in the past told local officials that some restrictions are allowed. The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., has prohibited the practice, but the bill would sweep any such ban away, except to allow cities and counties to prevent openly carried weapons inside public buildings.
The measure also would prevent cities and counties from enacting restrictions on the sale of firearms and ammunition, or imposing rules on how guns must be stored and transported. Existing ordinances would be void, and local governments could not use tax dollars for gun buy-back programs.
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A California deputy accidentally shot himself while trying to kill a dog that he said was threatening his life on Wednesday, but video captured by a local television station later showed the animal much smaller than reported and peacefully playing with children.
According to a Riverside County sheriff’s spokesperson, the deputy was serving an eviction notice at around 2 p.m. on Wednesday when a “large” dog tried to attack him, KCAL reported.
“A dog came at the deputy in an aggressive manner,” Deputy Armando Munoz said, according to The Press-Enterprise. “The deputy, (attempting to defend himself) pulled his service weapon, shot one round, and injured himself in the leg.”
“He’s OK. He has non life-threatening injuries.”
Munoz said that the dog’s aggressive behavior ended when it was startled by the gunfire.
- Gov. Sam Brownback has indefinitely extended a ban on expanding Medicaid in Kansas under the federal health care overhaul.
Brownback on Friday signed a bill approved by the GOP-dominated Legislature to keep the ban in place. The governor and other Republicans have been strong critics of the 2010 federal health care law.
A vehicle that had been sought in connection with the deaths last month of a lesbian couple from Houston has been recovered, officials said Friday.
A 2006 Kia Sorento, owned by Britney Cosby, who was killed along with Crystal Jackson, was found Thursday in a vehicle storage lot in the 13500 block of Conklin in Houston, said officials with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, who are investigating the deaths.
The women were found dead March 7 behind a trash bin of a convenience store near the ferry on Port Bolivar. Cosby’s car has been missing since then. Cosby died from blows to the head and Jackson died from a gunshot, said Maj. Darrell Isaacks with the sheriff’s office.
Looking for something free to do this weekend? Check out a national park.
Entrance fees will be waived at all U.S. national park sites this Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, to kick off National Park Week, which runs through April 27.
Visitors still have to pay the usual fees at campgrounds and concession stands.
With more than 400 National Park Service sites covering 84 million acres in the United States, there are plenty of spots to explore.
Which brings the question - where are the wingnut militias and demagogues for this one where the state is taking church owned lands? Could it be that they only whinge for Christian ranchers? Or could it be because it’s a state seizure instead of a Federal collection of due fees?
The Texas Department of Public Safety said its agents took possession of the Yearning For Zion Ranch near Eldorado. In a statement, DPS said only eight adults were still living on the West Texas property and agreed to leave after meeting with agents. DPS said authorities helped them vacate the ranch and take an inventory.
Jeffs is serving life in prison after being convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting two girls he took as child brides. The ranch was owned by his Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a radical offshoot of mainstream Mormonism whose roughly 10,000 followers believe polygamy brings exaltation in heaven. They see Jeffs as God’s spokesman on earth.
The state asked a judge to allow the forfeiture, alleging that FLDS leaders financed a $1.1 million purchase of the land in 2003 through money laundering. It also cited sexual assaults committed on the property. Under Texas law, authorities can seize property that was used to commit or facilitate certain criminal conduct. A judge granted the state’s request in January.
The use of the obsolete “Truckled” here is a master stroke of journalism because it is so fitting a description:
a low bed, so called from the trundles, or casters, that were attached to the feet so that it could be pushed under the master bed when it was not in use. The bed was intended for servants, who used to sleep in their employer’s room so as to be near at hand. The framework was generally of oak, and suspension was provided by leather or canvas straps looped through holes in the sides.
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From Courthouse News Service:
The doctors applied for and were granted admitting privileges at University General Hospital in Dallas after passage of HB 2.
Later Thursday, District Judge Sheryl McFarlin temporarily reinstated the doctors’ privileges until an April 30 hearing to determine if a temporary injunction is necessary.
The doctors say their privileges were terminated after the hospital was targeted by protesters in the days after the 5th Circuit ruling.
Neither doctor performs abortions at the hospital.
“On March 31, 2014, UGHD’s new chief executive officer, Chuck Schuetz, revoked plaintiffs’ privileges and, on information and belief, assured the protesters that UGHD would be ‘pro-life’ and would not associate with those who provide abortions,” the 29-page complaint states.
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Even a friend who gave or sold him guns would risk federal prison time for arming someone they knew or suspected was a felon.
Yet the proud racist and anti-Semite stands accused of firing both a shotgun and a handgun in the murder of three people at Jewish facilities in Overland Park last weekend.
So who put his finger on a trigger?
Investigators tracing the source of the guns allegedly used by the felon think he was aided by a straw buyer who could clear background checks likely to foil Miller, said a law enforcement official familiar with the case.
A man arrested Thursday night as a suspect in as many as 12 highway shootings, a spree that has gripped the Kansas City area for a month, was charged Friday with 18 felony counts related to nine of the incidents, in which three people were wounded.
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Mohammed Pedro Whitaker, a medical supply company employee, was charged in relation to just 9 shootings, although as many as 12 were reported in Grandview Triangle, an area located in the southern part of Kansas City. Mo., where Interstates 435, 470, and US 71/I-49 come together.
Jackson County prosecutors say more charges likely are forthcoming.
In a surprise announcement as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision — but declined to say how much longer. Officials said the decision will have to wait for the dust to settle in Nebraska, where a judge in February overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline’s path through the state.
Nebraska’s Supreme Court isn’t expected to hear an appeal to that ruling until September or October, and there could be more legal maneuvering after the high court rules. So President Barack Obama will almost surely have until after the November election to make the final call about whether Keystone XL should be built.
Approving the pipeline before the election would rankle Obama’s allies and donors in the environmental community, but nixing it could be politically damaging to vulnerable Democrats running this year in conservative-leaning areas.