Should Protesters Be Allowed to Have Guns? – Politico

Of the many disturbing questions posed by the violence in Charlottesville, one stands out: Should protesters be allowed to have guns? Even the ACLU, known for defending the right of free speech in unyielding terms, has announced that it will no longer represent hate groups that seek to march while armed.

“If a protest group insists, ‘No, we want to be able to carry loaded firearms,’ well, we don’t have to represent them. They can find someone else,” the civil liberties group’s president, Anthony Romero, told the Wall Street Journal.

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The question is also posing dilemmas for mayors and university presidents, who fear the violence will come to their towns and schools. In Charlottesville, it was a weaponized car that killed Heather Heyer; could bullets be next? Their best option may be to ban the carrying of guns to these events, but their legal position is tenuous. In many states, they’ll need to convince a court that it’s only by banning weapons that the First Amendment rights of all demonstrators can be honored.

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Many officials would like to avoid the gun issue by simply stopping the white supremacists from showing up at all. That’s what Texas A&M University and the University of Florida have done. “Alt-right” leader Richard Spencer was recently disinvited from a planned speech at Florida; he plans to sue. Preston Wiginton, a former Texas A&M student whose planned speech was advertised with the incendiary slogan: “Today Charlottesville, tomorrow Texas A&M!”, has similarly been told to get lost. He may also challenge the decision in court.

If the bans are indeed challenged, the schools could well lose. The Supreme Court has made it clear that, no matter how vile or offensive the message a speaker is conveying,

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Background checks for guns down from last year, up historically – Grand Forks Herald

Gun dealers across the country ran roughly 1.74 million background checks in July, about 160,000 fewer than in June and more than 450,000 less than July 2016, according to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Numbers have declined since March, when the figure exceeded 2.43 million. There was a slight dip in the winter, though December had the highest number of background checks for 2016 with 2.77 million.

Checks for this year are on track to be slightly down from last year, but July and overall 2017 numbers are ahead of previous years.

“I think what you saw in 2016 is there were a lot of people who were concerned with the election,” Mark Oliva, a spokesman with the National Shooting Sports Foundation in Washington, D.C. “There were a lot of people who believed Hillary Clinton was going to be elected and this was going to put a constraint on their ability to buy firearms.”

In North Dakota, the number of background checks in July dropped 12 percent from July 2016, Oliva said. That’s compared with 25 percent nationally for the same time period.

North Dakota and Minnesota background check numbers followed national trends of declining from last year but otherwise are ahead of previous years.

It’s a sign sales are stabilizing, Oliva said, but sales, and the gun industry as a whole, are “very strong.”

“If you look back … 17 years ago, we’re more than double what we were dealing than with in 2000,” he said. “We are healthier than we were five or six years ago.”

Hard to track

NICS numbers do not represent the number of firearms sold, FBI spokesman Stephen Fischer Jr. wrote in an email. Federal law requires background checks for all purchases at licensed dealers. But some states, including North

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Barcelona casino metro – Casino paris stomp – Troy Tropolitan

Zach Henson Staff Writer Troy residents will be able to view an 80 to 90 percent solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). A solar eclipse is the moon passing in between the earth and the sun, explained Maurice Clark, assistant professor of astronomy. The path of totality, a narrow strip in which the sun will be completely blocked by the moon, will cover at least part of 14 states, the closest of which is Georgia. “There’s usually two total solar eclipses, […]

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Overlays Continue at Global Poker Despite Record Turnouts – PokerNews.com

Players continue to flock to Global Poker, and are doing so in record numbers, but that is not preventing the innovative online poker site from paying significant overlays in a significant number of its tournaments.

During last weekend’s Gold Coin Challenge tournaments, Global Poker gave away more than SC$4,000 in overlays despite the fact the action at Global Poker is reaching record numbers in terms of number of players grinding at the site.

One of the most popular tournaments found at Global Poker is the SC$10,000 Guaranteed tournament, which saw 181 players compete for a slice of the prize pool. This exciting event has almost doubled in size during the past couple of weeks. In fact, number of entrants across the weekend’s Gold Coin Challenge tournaments have increased by some 10 percent over the past two weeks.

If the number of players at Global Poker continues to grow at the projected rate, overlays may become a thing of the past. That said, Global Poker has gained a reputation for giving and being one of the most generous online poker sites in the world, it is likely the poker room will increase the guarantees to give more value to its players. Global Poker did this in the SC$7,500 Guaranteed when the guarantee was missed by a mere $300. Instead of keeping the guarantee the same, Global Poker increased the prize money to SC$10,000.

A New Game in Town

Being a modern poker room, Global Poker is active across forums and its own social media channels, particularly Facebook where they ask for feedback from their valued players. This feedback has resulted in Global Poker offering fixed-limit hold’em games with blinds ranging from SC$0.02/SC$0.04 to SC$0.25/SC$0.50.

Now that Global Poker spreads several poker variants with decent fields and large overlays, there is no

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St. Charles man who killed twin daughters, self, sought treatment, guns – Chicago Daily Herald

Randy Coffland knew the depths of depression well. He’d tried therapy. He’d taken an increasing amount of antidepressants. But by January 2017, Coffland began shutting out family and making threats no one took seriously until it was too late.

When all the mental health treatments failed, he erased his twin daughters’ names from his life insurance policy. On March 10, he murdered them in his St. Charles apartment, shot his wife and killed himself.

Now his widow, Anjum Coffland, is fighting to undo that change to Randy’s life insurance policy. Litigation filed this week argues Randy was not of sound mind when he made his brother and a friend the beneficiaries of his $750,000 policy.

Burt Brown, the attorney representing Anjum in the case, acknowledged his client has an “uphill battle” to reverse the beneficiary changes in the insurance policy because the holder is presumed to have a right to make changes and Randy is deceased and can’t be called to testify.

“It’s a very sad situation. Whenever kids get killed, it’s extremely sad,” Brown said. “We’re trying to say he didn’t know what he was doing when he did it right on the heels of murdering in his own children.”

Medical information in Kane County coroner’s records indicates Coffland struggled with mental health for years, pursuing firearms at the same time he pursued treatment.

From seeking help to causing harm

Randy Coffland sought treatment for anxiety and depression on June 8, 2015. He told a therapist his mother and grandmother had psychiatric histories. He began taking a prescription antidepressant.

On July 8, 2015, Illinois State Police issued Coffland a Firearm Owners Identification card. The application requires a response from the state within 30 days.

Coffland stopped taking the antidepressants only weeks later.

But for a time,

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