California Bans Guns in Schools Amid National Gun Debate – Newsweek

Californians can no longer carry guns on school grounds.

Over the weekend, Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed a bill that overturned the right of local school superintendents to permit some employees to carry guns on a case-by-case basis. Superintendents had been granted that role in legislation last year.

Five school districts in California had taken advantage of the provision, but supporters of the new bill argued that guns have no place in schools.

A safe learning environment is “not possible if a school district allows armed civilians to roam California school campuses,” the new bill’s author, Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), told the Los Angeles Times.

But opponents say the new law is an example of the state’s “bipolar” gun policy.

“In one case they say that local control is the only way to keep people safe, and here they kill off what little local control was left on this issue,” the Firearms Policy Coalition said in a statement. “The Legislature and Governor Brown have made sure that no good people with guns will be close enough to stop an evil or insane person in the event of a serious attack.”

The measure will take effect on January 1, and it would not apply to shooting sports or school-sanctioned activities.

In signing the bill, Brown is taking a different approach to from other states, including Texas, where licensed gun owners over the age of 21 can carry their weapons on college campuses. A recent shooting on the Texas Tech campus involved a student who was under 21.

A separate California bill passed Saturday made it illegal for residents convicted of hate crimes to own guns for 10 years from the conviction. 

Research shows that people with guns are percent more likely to be harmed by those

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Manchester Airport: Man arrested over ammunition find – BBC News

A man has been arrested after trying to board a plane carrying ammunition.

The 69-year-old man was detained during passenger security screening at Manchester Airport at about 14:20 BST on Sunday.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed he was arrested on suspicion of possession of prohibited ammunition and remains in police custody.

Manchester Airport said the “prohibited item” was found by security staff in the man’s hand luggage.

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Cops: Prince's Bay man arrested with gun and ammunition – SILive.com

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 40-year-old man was arrested with a gun and ammunition on the South Shore, according to police.

Police identified the suspect who was apprehended on Saturday as Russell Jackson, 40, of Bayview Avenue, Prince’s Bay.

Police charged Jackson with criminal possession of a firearm and possession of a large capacity ammunition feed device, according to a spokesman for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information.

Jackson had failed to register the weapon and magazine, according to police.

Anti-Crime and Field Intelligence officers were credited with seizing two guns, according to the 123rd Precinct Twitter feed.

More information will be posted when it becomes available.

Gr8 work by anti crime and our FIO getting these illegal guns off the street #onelessgun ….x2 pic.twitter.com/tIV45MOrT0

— NYPD 123rd Precinct (@NYPD123Pct) October 15, 2017

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Balance of Power: After Islamic State, Are Iraqi Guns Being Turned on Each Other? – Bloomberg

Three weeks after Iraq’s Kurds voted overwhelmingly for independence, Baghdad moved to regain control of the oil that helped propel Kurdish dreams of statehood.

Iraqi forces took over oil fields and a military base near the city of Kirkuk that lie outside the Kurds’ semi-autonomous region but have been controlled by them since 2014. The fighting sent oil prices higher.

Prime Minister Haider Abadi has vowed to seek a negotiated way forward with the Kurds — but also to prevent a fracturing of the country. While it’s unclear how he’ll square the two, mounting international concern over Kirkuk could force an opening for emergency talks. Sustained conflict might drag in Turkey and Iran.

Kurdish fighters entered Kirkuk as Iraq’s army retreated before Islamic State offensives. Now, the collapse of the extremist group’s rule — as in Syria — is changing the calculus. 

The jihadists were defeated in Iraq due to the collective efforts of forces loyal to both Baghdad and the Kurdistan capital, Erbil, with outside help. There’s a risk the guns will be turned on each other.

Iraqi forces on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk yesterday.

Photographer: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP

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Mogadishu atrocity | The death toll in Saturday’s truck-bomb blast in the Somali capital rose to about 300 — the most lethal strike in the Horn of Africa nation since the central government collapsed a quarter century ago. While no one claimed responsibility, suspicion fell on al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-backed group that’s waged a decade-long war to impose its version of Islamic law.  It came in the wake of the group’s loss of territory and stepped-up U.S. airstrikes ordered by President Donald Trump. 

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Ask Amy: Gun-toting brother-in-law wants to open-carry around kids – Washington Post

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Dear Amy: My brother-in-law and I don’t have a particularly good relationship, and one of the sticking points is gun ownership.

He believes in the right to carry (openly), and I think guns should be carried only by police.

Every time I ask him not to bring guns near our family (we have three young children), he gets unbelievably offended.

Is there a polite way to ask him to please leave his guns at home?

Among other things, this issue is causing our wives (the sisters) to be unable to spend time together.

Any suggestions?

Concerned Dad

Concerned Dad: Your first job is to try to protect your children, regardless of who might be offended by your effort.

It is a sad and very grim fact that the most likely victims of accidental shootings are children. Children between the ages of 3 and 5 are particularly vulnerable.

According to an investigation by the Associated Press and USA Today Network in 2016 (which analyzed 1,000 children killed or injured through accidental shootings), every other day a young child in America is killed with a gun.

Several years ago, I profiled a dozen young gunshot fatalities (ranging in age from a few months old to 5 years old), interviewing their parents and siblings. Here is the first line from that story: “One thing you notice, as the stories unfold, is how the youngest victims of accidental shootings tend to be shot in the head — how natural it is, when you are a child and playing with a loaded gun, to point it at your friend’s face and go “boom.”

ALL parents should always check to see if another family has unsecured guns in the home before allowing children to visit. Educate your children explicitly about gun danger and

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