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How New Zealand’s gun laws compare to the States’

“In the U.S., gun laws vary from state to state” reports washingtonexaminer.com. In short, New Zealand’s laws are on par with most of the stricter U.S. states.It appears Ocasio-Cortez, in an effort to malign the U.S. gun advocacy group, applied American standards to New Zealand, a country that arguably has tougher guns laws than the United States. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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Court rules gun maker can be sued over Newtown shooting

“Several lawsuits over mass shootings in other states have been rejected because of the federal law” reports thebusinessjournal.com. In a 4-3 decision, justices reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit against Remington and overturned the ruling of a lower court judge, who said the entire lawsuit was prohibited by the 2005 federal law.Remington, based in Madison, North Carolina, has denied wrongdoing and previously insisted it can’t be sued because of the 2005 law, called the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.The 2005 federal law has been cited by other courts that…

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Sen. Birch Bayh, champion of Title IX federal law, dies

“Bayh reveled in the impact of the Title IX law in the years after his time as a Democratic senator from Indiana ended” reports foxsports.com. But it was his work to pass the landmark Title IX law that helped solidify his legacy before his death Thursday at age 91.Bayh was the lead sponsor of the law prohibiting gender discrimination in education — known as Title IX for its section in the Higher Education Act.After leaving the Senate, Bayh worked as a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington.He earned a law degree…

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Canada: Regulatory Bodies Call on Crypto Industry to Participate in Securities Law Review

“Two national securities bodies in Canada have issued a joint consultation paper on March 14, aiming to gather industry feedback about cryptocurrency token regulation” writes William Suberg for cointelegraph.com. In a summary press release about the paper, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) said it was necessary to adapt existing laws in order to cope with the emergence of new trading platforms specializing in crypto-assets.Canada has maintained a reticent stance by comparison, with the tone of the latest documentation being conspicuously pro-change as…

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Mnuchin says GOP overhaul raised his taxes

“Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Congress Thursday that his taxes increased as a result of the 2017 Republican-passed tax law” reports washingtonexaminer.com. But Mnuchin would not answer a follow-up question as to whether he saw an increase in his federal tax rate, rather than his combined federal, state tax rate. “I’d have to look at that,” said Mnuchin.The 2017 tax reform law capped the federal deduction for state and local taxes paid, or SALT, at $10,000 per year.Under an over 90-year-old law, the heads of Congress’ tax-writing committees can request…

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California governor halts death penalty: ‘I couldn’t sleep’

“Newsom does not have the power to overturn California’s death penalty law, Kreitzberg said, but he can refuse to sign any death warrants and can commute death sentences to life imprisonment” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Ellen Kreitzberg, a death penalty expert and opponent at Santa Clara University law school in California, welcomed Newsom’s move.In addition, he said, 25 of the state’s death row inmates had exhausted all of their appeals, meaning they would be in line for execution. The 737 people on death row in California are the…

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Documents Reveal ICE Using Driver Location Data From Local Police for Deportations

“Over 80 local law enforcement agencies, from over a dozen states, have agreed to share license plate location information with ICE. Emails show local police handing driver information over to ICE informally, violating local law and ICE policies” reports aclunc.org. Not only does Vigilant’s existing database contain over 5 billion license plate scans nationwide, but the database would continue adding, from commercial sources, “an average of 150-200 million unique” license plate scans each month. Source: aclunc.org

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DNA testing company will now let users opt out of helping the FBI

“In January, BuzzFeed News reported that FamilyTreeDNA let law enforcement create profiles on the site using DNA from unsolved cases” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. Both sites have said that they do not cooperate with law enforcement, and FamilyTreeDNA was the first known case of a private firm working with law enforcement.Some people, for example, are fine with law enforcement having their DNA to solve crimes, but they’re not okay with their DNA being shared with pharmaceutical companies.At-home DNA testing site FamilyTreeDNA — which was widely criticized for working with…

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