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    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/...n-agent-728305



    Yes and now the NRA has been named for being connected to a Russian agent.
    Yeah I've been following that on Twitter. People are playing "Where's Wally" looking for her in pix of Republicans over the last few years. She's in SO MANY pix with SO MANY high profile conservative men, including some with notorious dickhead Sheriff Clarke - who by coincidence apparently announced the breakup of his marriage around the same time (according to random people on Twitter anyway, I wasn't invested enough to check the facts myself)

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    http://www.businessinsider.com/maria...oj-says-2018-7

    . In a new court filing on Wednesday, the Department of Justice said Maria Butina, the 29-year-old Russian national indicted this week on espionage charges, traded sex for favors while making her way into US politics in Washington, DC.

    In the filing, the DOJ requests that Butina be detained pending trial, arguing that she does not have strong ties to the US and could be a flight risk.

    "During the course of this investigation, the FBI has determined that Butina gained access through US Person 1 to an extensive network of US persons in positions to influence political activities in the United States," the document says.

    US Person 1 is not identified by name but is widely believed to be Paul Erickson, a longtime GOP strategist and gun-rights activist. The filing says Butina and US Person 1 are believed to have been involved in a relationship and lived together.

    "But this relationship does not represent a strong tie to the United States because Butina appears to treat it as simply a necessary aspect of her activities," the document says.

    "For example, on at least one occasion, Butina offered an individual other than US Person 1 sex in exchange for a position within a special interest organization," it continues. "Further, in papers seized by the FBI, Butina complained about living with US Person 1 and expressed disdain for continuing to cohabitate with US Person 1."

    Robert Driscoll, an attorney for Butina, said in a statement to The Washington Post that she "intends to defend her rights vigorously and looks forward to clearing her name."

    Erickson's role
    Butina has been acquainted with Erickson since at least 2013, and they continued to work closely together through their ties to the National Rifle Association.

    An FBI affidavit submitted along with a criminal complaint against Butina last week said she and US Person 1 worked together to arrange introductions to other Americans who are influential in US politics, "including an organization promoting gun rights," for "the purpose of advancing the agenda of the Russian Federation."

    Alexander Torshin, center. AP
    Erickson first invited scrutiny last year when The New York Times reported that he emailed Rick Dearborn, an aide to Donald Trump's campaign, in May 2016 with the subject line "Kremlin Connection," telling him that he could arrange a backdoor meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
    Erickson wrote that Russia was "quietly but actively seeking a dialogue with the US," according to The Times.

    The Russian banker Alexander Torshin, a close Putin ally, was apparently supposed to get in touch with Trump from Russia's side. Erickson described him in the email as "President Putin's emissary on this front," The Times said.

    Erickson wrote that Torshin would make "first contact" with the campaign at a dinner honoring wounded veterans, according to the report. Neither Trump nor his campaign advisers attended the reception. But Donald Trump Jr. and Torshin did attend a separate NRA dinner the same night.

    The report bolsters the DOJ's claim that Butina worked with a high-ranking Russian official to establish a "back channel" between the US and Russia.

    Butina and US Person 1 were trying to leave DC before she was arrested
    The DOJ also says in its filing that Butina and US Person 1 took steps "consistent with a plan to leave" Washington, DC, in the days leading up to her arrest last weekend.

    Those steps, according to the document, included applying for a visa that would allow her to travel to and from the US, looking into getting a moving truck and purchasing moving boxes, making a wire transfer of $3,500 to an account in Russia, packing up her belongings, and leaving a letter telling her landlord she and US Person 1 would end their lease by the end of July.

    The document also says that even if Butina was planning on leaving only the immediate DC area, US Person 1 was her "sole real tie" to the US. This person, it says, was "instrumental in aiding her covert influence operation, despite knowing its connections to the Russian Official."

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    http://www.cpr.org/news/story/would-...-s-complicated


    3d printed guns are now part of the NRA debates

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    The Liberator 3D printed gun, designed by Defense Distributed, a self-described nonprofit private defense company based in Austin, Texas.

    Courtesy of Flickr user U-nine-eight Last/CC

    A federal judge temporarily stopped the release of blueprints to create untraceable 3D-printed plastic guns late Tuesday. In asking for the restraining order, part of Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson?s reasoning was because 3D printers are commercially and widely available to the public.
    And he?s right ? to a point.

    Printers can be found at the Denver and Arapahoe public libraries, and an array of other businesses from shipping company UPS to makerspaces like The Lab and Tinkermill.

    But what are the chances of somebody actually printing out a gun or gun parts from a 3D printer near you?

    Gun experts have their doubts, saying it would be too much trouble for a criminal to go through. Workers at 3D printing sites in the area agree. They said the cost, materials, time and supervision over the printers would make it an unlikely venture.

    ?There have been plans for 3D printed guns sort of floating around the Internet since 2013,? said Nate Stone, program administrator of the ideaLAB at the Denver Public Library. ?You?d have to be both really mad and really patient to want to print out a 3D printed gun.?

    For Stone, it?s a low-level worry given ?the amount of time it would take to print something out? and the general availability of firearms in the United States.

    Planet Money Explains: The Man Behind 3D Printed Guns (via NPR.org)
    The ideaLAB offers free 3D printing for up to two hours at the Central and Montbello library locations. Stone said only staff operate the printers and go over designs with people prior to printing. Some people have come in to print out dangerous items like knives, but the library has turned them away.

    Arapahoe Libraries have a strict no-weapons policy at every location, including a no-weapons 3D printing policy. In the wake of the potential gun blueprint release, the libraries have been reviewing their policies to make sure they are ?absolutely clear? to patrons, said Linda Speas, director of operations.

    The owner of The Lab, a creative electronic space in Arvada with a laser cutter and 3D printer, also has a no-weapons policy and has stopped someone from making brass knuckles before. Don-John Kulish said making a gun from filament or the plastic material used in 3D printing wouldn?t be impossible, but wouldn?t be easy either.

    ?Three-D printing has a lot of misinformation out there. It?s not as amazing and game changing as everyone thinks. It?s more for like fun and prototyping stuff? you?re making something out of plastic.? he said. ?It?s a very affordable hobby.?

    Kulish bought a few of his 3D printers for under $200 and the filament is fairly inexpensive, too. He charges non-members at his lab 10 cents a cubic centimeter of material. He said he recently printed a 7 by 4 inch hollow figurine for $9.50.

    But filament costs vary.

    The UPS store near 20th and Park avenues in Denver has much steeper printing prices. It is the only UPS location in Colorado with a 3D printer.

    Shaleen Maier, assistant manager of the store, said it costs $25 to get a job started and an additional $25 for every cubic inch of material used. The maximum size allowed to print at the UPS store is 8 by 8 by 6 inches.

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    https://www.ktuu.com/content/news/Ta...493962031.html

    Update on the Gun Control issue

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Authorities in Taiwan have arrested the owner of a Texas company that sells plans to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted in the U.S. for paying an underage girl for sex, official media reported.

    The Central News Agency said Taiwanese police found and arrested Cody Wilson in a hotel in Taipei on Friday evening.

    The Taiwanese news agency said the island's immigration department would make arrangements for Wilson to return to the U.S. as soon as possible.

    Police in Austin, Texas, had earlier reported that Wilson's last known location was Taipei.

    Police Cmdr. Troy Officer said Wednesday that before Wilson flew to Taiwan, a friend of the 16-year-old girl had told him that police were investigating the accusation that he had sex with the youth.

    Wilson is identified in a U.S. court filing as the owner of Austin-based Defense Distributed. After a federal court barred Wilson from posting the printable gun blueprints online for free last month, he announced he had begun selling them for any amount of money to U.S. customers through his website.


    Nineteen states and the District of Columbia sued to stop an agreement that the government reached with Defense Distributed, arguing that the blueprints for how to print plastic guns could be obtained by felons or terrorists.

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    http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-c...921-story.html

    Update

    Taiwan authorities have arrested and jailed the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints for untraceable 3-D-printed guns and who is wanted on suspicion of sex with a minor, a Taiwanese immigration agency spokesman said.

    The Taiwan National Immigration Agency said Cody R. Wilson was arrested Friday at a Taipei hotel after the U.S. government voided his passport.

    Taiwan immigration officials now are “negotiating” with the de facto American embassy in Taipei on how to proceed on deporting Wilson to the United States, a spokesman for the agency said.

    Because Wilson’s passport is now invalid, he has no “legal basis” to stay in Taiwan under local laws, the agency said in a statement.

    Washington and Taipei do not have an extradition treaty that would facilitate a deportation, but the two governments do cooperate on security issues and U.S. relations with Taiwan have improved under President Trump.

    “Our agency will coordinate with the American Institute in Taiwan (de facto embassy) to arrange for the travel documents to be issued as soon as possible and arrange for his return to his country as soon as possible in an appropriate manner,” the statement said.

    Authorities suspect that Wilson began talking to the 16-year-old girl on sugardaddymeets.com, which says that it requires users to be at least 18. The pair began exchanging messages before texting, according to the arrest affidavit.

    At first, the victim did not know who Wilson was or how he had stirred a national debate over gun rights. She became curious and started researching online after Wilson told her he was a “big deal,” the affidavit said.

    In the affidavit, Shaun Donovan, an Austin police officer, said Wilson met the victim around 8 p.m. on Aug. 15 at a coffee shop and then drove to a hotel where they had sex.

    Video surveillance footage shows the pair stepping from an elevator on the seventh floor of the Archer Hotel and entering a room at around 8:37 p.m., according to the affidavit.

    Shortly after entering the room, Wilson had sex with the victim and then paid her $500 in cash, the affidavit said. They left the hotel together about 45 minutes later.

    It’s unclear why Wilson, who travels frequently for work, came to Taiwan.

    Police began investigating Wilson on Aug. 22 when the victim’s counselor tipped them off about the alleged sexual assault.

    Investigators said Wilson left the country shortly after a friend informed him that the victim had spoken to police.

    “The internet has created a whole new wave of potential places for predators and for people to be victimized,” Austin Police Department Cmdr. Troy Officer said at a news conference this week.

    The suspect’s company is being sued by 19 U.S. states over its plan to disseminate blueprints for the guns, and a federal judge in August temporarily blocked the release of the blueprints.

    There’s currently no mandate for licensing the 3-D-printed guns, which are created using special printers that can cost thousands of dollars, and gun control advocates say the guns can be created without serial numbers, making them difficult to trace.

    In 2013, the Obama administration ordered Wilson to remove the blueprints from the internet, but the State Department under President Trump reversed course in June, giving Wilson’s company the go-ahead and prompting fierce backlash from gun-control advocates.

    The ruling in August extends a temporary restraining order, which was issued on July 31.

    Wilson faces a potential 20-year prison sentence if convicted of sexual assault.

    Special correspondent Jennings reported from Taiwan. Times staff writer Etehad reported from Los Angeles.

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    I'm sorry, I know it's deadly serious & not a laughing matter but this is so WTF

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/ampht...mpression=true

    "Every classroom has been equipped with a five-gallon bucket of river stone,? Helsel explained about his Blue Mountain School District in Schuylkill County, northeast of Harrisburg, in a video broadcast by ABC affiliate 16 WNEP. ?If an armed intruder attempts to gain entrance into any of our classrooms, they will face a classroom full of students armed with rocks, and they will be stoned."


    & I know the kids are going to love that last line
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    Quote Originally Posted by blighted star View Post
    I'm sorry, I know it's deadly serious & not a laughing matter but this is so WTF

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/ampht...mpression=true





    & I know the kids are going to love that last line
    Rocks thrown by children > man with gun

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    Community Considers Tearing Down Columbine High School

    https://patch.com/colorado/littleton...ne-high-school

    Note this issue has been at play for the past 20 years and debate over how to respect the victims in the shooting has been mentioned here.

    LITTLETON, CO ? Jefferson County Public School officials are seeking community input on whether the Columbine High School should be torn down. The proposal would rebuild the buildings where the 1999 massacre occurred, but the school's name, mascot and colors would remain, according to Jeffco Schools Superintendent Jason E. Glass.

    In a letter to the community, Glass said concerns have arisen about students' safety, as hundreds of so-called "Columbiners" ? people who are obsessed with the shooting ? seek to enter the school each year.

    "Most of them are there to satisfy curiosity or a macabre, but harmless, interest in the school," Glass said. "For a small group of others, there is a potential intent to do harm."

    In April, a troubled Florida teenager, Sol Pais, sparked a manhunt that closed schools in Colorado. She was obsessed with the Columbine school shooting, and made her way to Colorado to end her own life.

    "The tragedy at Columbine High School in 1999 serves as a point of origin for this contagion of school shootings," Glass' letter read. "School shooters refer to and study the Columbine shooting as a macabre source of inspiration and motivation."

    Columbine High School is now one of the safest schools in the nation, Glass said. The school has a "sophisticated" surveillance system and police and security protection.

    "It also boasts a strong, inclusive, and positive school culture," Glass said. "We continue to be inspired by the sound of voices in unison shouting 'We Are Columbine!'"

    But over the last 11 months, the number of people trying to get into the school illegally or trespassing on the property has reached record levels, Glass said.

    His letter went on to read, in part:

    The Jeffco Public Schools Board of Education and administration are exploring the concept of asking voters for an additional $60-$70 million at the polls at some point in the future to construct a new high school for Columbine. An expansion and renovation of the current high school was included as a part of the 5B Bond Program approved by voters in 2018 with an amount of $15 million designated for the school. This money could be considered as part of the new school construction or re-distributed to other schools across Jeffco for the purpose of enhanced safety features.

    The following are some conceptual ideas for the new school and potential financial impacts:

    Retain the name of Columbine High School, honoring the pride and spirit the community has with the name
    The current school mascot and colors would be unchanged
    Construct the new school near the current location, west of the current site
    Consider preserving the Hope Library, making it the cornerstone of the new building
    The existing building would be demolished, replaced with fields, and controlled entry points
    The new building would have enhanced safety features, designed to provide greater monitoring and school privacy
    The property tax impact for the new construction would be around $1-2 per month for a $500,000 home in Jeffco
    The 5B funds previously designated for the current Columbine High School (approximately $15 million) could be re-distributed to other schools across Jeffco for the purpose of enhanced safety features
    We are in the very preliminary and exploratory stages of these conversations and we are seeking community feedback and thoughts on this proposal.

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    https://apnews.com/0958862d44824d9596feb5ec097273be

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting a challenge to federal regulation of gun silencers, just days after a gunman used one in a shooting rampage that killed 12 people in Virginia.

    The justices did not comment Monday in turning away appeals from two Kansas men who were convicted of violating federal law regulating silencers. The men argued that the constitutional right “to keep and bear arms” includes silencers.

    Kansas and seven other states joined in a court filing urging the justices to hear the appeal. The states said the court should affirm that the Second Amendment protects “silencers and other firearms accessories.”


    President Donald Trump’s administration asked the court to stay out of the case and leave the convictions in place.

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    https://apnews.com/9c1f0c32a4bf44278aadcb0175aa8a0c

    Pardon this person

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    This combination of booking photos provided by the Polk County Sheriff's Office shows Courtney Irby on June 15, 2019, and her husband Joseph Irby on June 14. A Florida lawmaker and others are asking a State Attorney not to prosecute Courtney Irby who was arrested while giving her husband's guns to police after he was charged with trying to run her over. Courtney Irby spent six days in jail on charges of armed burglary and grand theft after she brought the guns from her husband's apartment to the Lakeland Police. Joseph Irby was spending one day in jail at the time, accused of trying to run her over. (Polk County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman’s effort to protect herself from domestic violence has become a flashpoint in the debate over gun rights and victims’ safety.

    Courtney Irby gave her estranged husband’s guns to police after he was charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery, only to find herself arrested for theft.

    Now a Florida lawmaker and gun safety advocates are championing her cause, asking a state attorney on Monday drop the charges, while gun rights advocates want her prosecuted.

    Courtney Irby spent six days in jail on charges of armed burglary and grand theft after she retrieved the assault rifle and handgun from her husband’s apartment and gave them to the Lakeland Police. Joseph Irby was spending one day in jail at the time, accused of ramming into her car after a June 14 divorce hearing.

    After her husband’s arrest, Courtney Irby petitioned for a temporary injunction for protection, which was granted. Federal law prohibits people under a domestic violence restraining order from possessing guns, but it’s up to local law enforcement to enforce it, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

    Courtney Irby told police that she believed he wouldn’t turn in his guns himself, so she took action. According to her arrest report, she said she entered her husband’s apartment through a locked door without his permission and took the guns to a police station.

    “So you’re telling me you committed an armed burglary?” the officer asked her.

    “Yes, I am but he wasn’t going to turn them in so I am doing it,” the officer said she responded.

    Democratic State Rep. Anna Eskamani of Orlando tweeted that it’s “ridiculous” to arrest a woman in this kind of situation. She sent a letter Monday to State Attorney Brian Haas asking that Irby not be prosecuted. She cited research showing the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely a woman will be murdered.

    “Ms. Irby was seeking help from the Lakeland Police Department and taking action to protect herself and her children,” Eskamani wrote. “Prosecuting Ms. Irby sets a scary precedent that if someone seeks help to escape abuse, they will be punished for it.”

    While federal law prohibits people under domestic violence restraining orders and convicted of domestic violence from possessing guns, local law enforcement and prosecutors don’t have the tools they need to enforce those restrictions, Eskamani said in her letter to the state attorney.

    “These loopholes are major contributors to the deadly relationship between domestic violence and firearms,” Eskamani said.

    Joseph Irby’s charges involve an altercation that began with a shouting match after the divorce hearing. According to his arrest report, they both got into their cars and then he used his vehicle to strike her back bumper several times, running her off the road.

    Courtney Irby told a responding officer that “she feared for her life,” his arrest report said.

    As Joseph Irby was being placed into a patrol car, he called her “a man hater,” the arrest report said.

    In requesting that she be released on bond, Courtney Irby’s attorney argued that she didn’t commit theft since she didn’t take the guns for her personal use and didn’t benefit by taking them.

    Spokesmen for the Lakeland Police Department and the State Attorney’s Office didn’t immediately return requests for comment on Monday.

    Gun rights advocates have been tweeting in favor of prosecution and trolling Rep. Eskamani’s Twitter account, while Courtney Irby’s supporters launched a fundraising campaign for her legal fees. She’s also getting support from Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland, Florida school shooting.

    Guttenberg tweeted that Irby was “an abused woman trying to protect herself from an abusive husband.”

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    https://apnews.com/165d6dd66e1b46628a0ffdcc4d27c58b

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Facing pressure to take action after the latest mass shooting in the U.S., Ohio’s Republican governor urged the GOP-led state Legislature Tuesday to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats.

    Full Coverage: Shootings
    Gov. Mike DeWine said Ohio needs to do more while balancing people’s rights to own firearms and have due process during a press conference Tuesday. He outlined a series of legislative actions he wants the Legislature to take up to address mental health and gun violence.


    “We can come together to do these things to save lives,” DeWine said.

    Protesters once again shouted “do something” — a refrain chanted during Sunday’s vigil honoring the victims — at DeWine at the start of his Tuesday announcement. One person yelled “shame on you” at DeWine while he was answering questions.

    His calls for action could be an uphill battle for the Legislature, which has given little consideration this session to those and other gun-safety measures already introduced by Democrats. DeWine’s Republican predecessor, John Kasich (KAY’-sik), also unsuccessfully pushed for a so-called red flag law on restricting firearms for people considered threats.

    A high school classmate of Connor Betts, the gunman in the deadly Dayton, Ohio shooting, questions how Betts could be allowed access to a military-style weapon. (August 5)
    DeWine said he has talked with legislative leaders and believes his proposals can pass.

    Police say there was nothing in the Dayton shooter’s background to prevent him from buying the firearm used.

    The shooting outside a strip of nightclubs early Sunday and another mass shooting in El Paso, Texas , during the past weekend left a combined total of 31 people dead and more than 50 injured in less than 24 hours.

    Police have said 24-year-old Connor Betts was wearing a mask and body armor when he opened fire with an AR-15 style gun. If all of the magazines he had with him were full, which hasn’t been confirmed, he would have had a maximum of 250 rounds, said Police Chief Richard Biehl.

    “To have that level of weaponry in a civilian environment is problematic,” Biehl added.

    Betts had no apparent criminal record as an adult and police said there was nothing that would have prevented him from buying a gun. Ohio law bars anyone convicted of a felony as an adult, or convicted of a juvenile charge that would have been a felony if they were 18 or older, from buying firearms.

    Two former classmates told The Associated Press that Betts was suspended during their junior year at Bellbrook High School after a hit list was found scrawled in a school bathroom. That followed an earlier suspension after Betts came to school with a list of female students he wanted to sexually assault, according to the two classmates, a man and a woman who are both now 24 and spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern they might face harassment.

    Others remembered how he tried to intimidate classmates.

    “It’s baffling and horrible that somebody who’s been talking for 10 years about wanting to shoot people could easily, so easily, get access to a military grade weapon and that much ammo,” said Hannah Shows, a former high classmate who remembered seeing Betts look at people and imitate shooting at them.

    “He was someone who enjoyed making people afraid,” she said.

    Former Bellbrook High School classmate Addison Brickler rode the bus with Betts and said he taunted her regularly.

    “He was the bully,” Brickler told the AP. “He used to make fun of me on the bus, talk about my weight, make me feel bad about myself. He would laugh and think it was funny, joke about it. We thought it was a normal thing.”


    But the seemingly normal heckling turned scary one day when she said two police officers pulled Betts off their bus during her first few weeks of high school. When she arrived home that day, her mom sat her and her brother down to tell her the school principal had called — they had been named on Betts’ “hit list.”

    Betts disappeared from the halls of Bellbrook High School. Students were offered counseling, teachers checked on kids, and extra police officers were on hand. Brickler said Betts later returned to the school.

    Others that had encounters with Betts, however, painted a different picture.

    Brad Howard told reporters in Bellbrook on Sunday that he knew Betts from preschool through their high school graduation.

    “Connor Betts that I knew was a nice kid. The Connor Betts that I talked to, I always got along with well,” Howard said.

    Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Schools wouldn’t comment and refused to release information about Betts, citing legal protections for student records.

    Bellbrook Police Chief Doug Doherty said he and his officers had no previous contact with Betts and weren’t aware of any history of violence. Sugarcreek Township police said the only records they have on Betts are from a 2015 traffic citation. They noted without further explanation that Ohio law allows sealed juvenile court records to be expunged after five years or when the person involved turns 23.

    Still unknown is whether Betts targeted any of the victims , including his 22-year-old sister, Megan, the youngest of the dead.

    “It seems to just defy believability he would shoot his own sister, but it’s also hard to believe that he didn’t recognize it was his sister, so we just don’t know,” Biehl said.

    Authorities identified the other dead as Monica Brickhouse, 39; Nicholas Cumer, 25; Derrick Fudge, 57; Thomas McNichols, 25; Lois Oglesby, 27; Saeed Saleh, 38; Logan Turner, 30; and Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, 36.

    Of the more than 30 people injured in Ohio, at least 14 had gunshot wounds; others were hurt as people fled, city officials said. Eleven remained hospitalized Monday, Fire Chief Jeffrey Payne said.

    While the gunman was white and six of the nine killed were black, police said the speed of the rampage made any discrimination in the shooting seem unlikely. It all happened within 30 seconds, before police officers stationed nearby fatally shot Betts.

    Any attempt to suggest a motive so early in the investigation would be irresponsible, Biehl said.

    The El Paso and Dayton killings have contributed to 2019 being an especially deadly year for mass killings in the U.S.

    A database by The Associated Press, USA Today and Northeastern University shows that there have been 23 mass killings so far this year, claiming the lives of 131 people. By comparison, 140 people died in mass killings in all of 2018. The database tracks every mass killing in the country dating back to 2006.

    President Donald Trump said he wanted Washington to “come together” on legislation providing “strong background checks” for gun users, but he gave no details. Previous gun control measures have languished in the Republican-controlled Senate.

    The Democrat-led House has passed a gun control bill that includes fixes to the nation’s firearm background check system, but it has languished in the Senate.

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    Associated Press writers Julie Carr Smyth and Kantele Franko in Columbus, Amanda Seitz in Chicago and Robert Bumsted in Dayton contributed.

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    https://abc7.com/society/gun-control...store/5446178/

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (KABC) -- Nine months since the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, local activists demonstrated outside the city's only gun store Monday in the wake of dual mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

    A sign saying the store was closed for "mental health day (at the range)" was posted on the front window of VC Defense Firearms as activists and others protested.

    "I didn't even know we had a gun store here, and the fact that we do just instills a whole new layer of fear in myself, as well as the people in my community," said Kimia Mohebi of Never Again SoCal.

    The honking and the signs in favor of restrictive gun laws caught the eye of driver Dale Menagh.

    Menagh knows the gun store's owner and believes in the Second Amendment.

    "We also believe strongly, if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns," he said.

    VC Defense Firearms did not speak to Eyewitness News on camera, but the owner told USA Today after the Borderline shooting that there was an influx of customers buying out of fear and safety.

    "The people that are running the business are our neighbors who honestly work hard and pay their taxes," Menagh said.

    Gracie Pekrul, who arrived back from a gun violence prevention training in Washington, D.C., offers another perspective.

    "In the three days I was there, there were two terrible mass shootings," she said.

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    https://abc7.com/man-with-rifle-bull...store/5454898/

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Cell phone video captured the arrest of a man who caused a scare outside a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri.

    The Springfield Police Department said they responded to a call of an active shooter at the Walmart: Neighborhood Market at Republic Rd., near Golden Ave., Thursday evening, reported KSPR.

    The man walked into the store where he grabbed a cart and began pushing it around, according to police. They said the man was recording himself walking through the store via a cell phone.

    The store manager at the Neighborhood Market pulled a fire alarm, urging people to escape the store.

    Police said the man then made his way out an emergency exit. An off-duty firefighter spotted the man and held him at gunpoint until authorities responded.

    At that moment Springfield police arrived on scene and detained the man.

    The man appeared to be in his 20s armed with a rifle, wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying more than a hundred rounds of ammunition, police said.

    While no shots were fired, the man terrified shoppers who fled from the store.

    Police said they observed many shoppers hiding outside the Walmart and at nearby businesses.

    Lieutenant Mike Lucas said it was clear the man's intent was to cause chaos, saying in part, "His intent was not to cause peace or comfort...He's lucky he's alive still, to be honest."

    Police identified the man's vehicle and are investigating the possibility of more firearms inside the vehicle.

    RELATED: Man asked for something 'that would kill 200 people' at Walmart: Police

    The incident comes less than a week after a deadly mass shooting inside a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.

    Walmart is pulling violent video game displays and signs from its stores, but said it is still selling guns, according to a USA Today report.

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. —
    A Costco in the Arden-Arcade area of Sacramento was evacuated for more than one hour Thursday night after police got a report of an armed man in the store, officials said.

    Officers responded around 7:35 p.m. to the store at 1600 Expo Parkway, police said.


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    “Employees came and said leave the cart and leave the store," said Carimichael resident Nathan Ramanathan.

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    "I was just walking around with my cart, and one of the cops was like, 'Hey, we’re evacuating. There’s a apparently a gun threat. Just leave your cart here. We’re going to make sure everything is cleared, then you can come back inside,'" said Sacramento resident Lauren Holland.

    “No one was running or screaming," Holland added. "But, people were definitely walking very fast, kind of like a composed walk.”

    Officers searched the store, but by 8:50 p.m., no one with a gun was found.

    Police then cleared the scene.

    No other details were released.

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    SAN JOSE, CA — An alleged gunman was arrested on the San Jose State University campus at South Fourth St. and West San Carlos streets prompting a shelter-in-place, police and campus officials indicated.

    When the suspect was taken into custody, police had not retrieved the gun but later found it.

    The transient identified as Joshua Castro, 23, was transported to a local hospital for treatment from the pepper spray used and subsequently booked into Santa Clara County Jail for resisting arrest, being a felon in possession of a firearm and for a parole violation.

    A lockdown of the university was lifted soon after he was apprehended, SJSU spokesperson Robin McElhatton said. The incident stemmed from a call at 5:33 p.m. saying a man was brandishing a gun in the area of North Second and East Santa Clara streets. The caller was off campus.

    In response, a text advisory to "everybody who opted in" to the alerts received a message warning of a man with a gun on campus, McElhatton indicated.

    Once the call came in, it was a foot chase into the Spartan complex where three women who said they saw the man without the gun walk by and say hello, McElhatton told Patch. A K9 unit was brought in, and officers cordoned off the area. The man was found in the rafters of the building's ceiling.

    The man apparently has no connection to San Jose State, she added.

    "This is not a copycat, shoot-up-the-campus thing," McElhatton said.

    Emotions for South Bay residents appear raw given the tragic July 28 Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting.

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    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including a ban on the type of high-capacity ammunition magazines used in some of the nation’s deadliest mass shootings.

    How long those types of laws will stand is a growing concern among gun control advocates in California and elsewhere.

    A federal judiciary that is becoming increasingly conservative under President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate has gun control advocates on edge. They worry that federal courts, especially if Trump wins a second term next year and Republicans hold the Senate, will take such an expansive view of Second Amendment rights that they might overturn strict gun control laws enacted in Democratic-leaning states.


    The U.S. Supreme Court so far has left plenty of room for states to enact their own gun legislation, said Adam Winkler, a gun policy expert at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. But he said the success of the Trump administration in appointing federal judges, including to the high court, could alter that.

    “Those judges are likely to be hostile to gun-control measures,” Winkler said. “So I think the courts overall have made a shift to the right on guns. We’ll just have to see how that plays out.”

    The legal tug-of-war already is playing out in California.

    The state banned the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines nearly two decades ago as one of its numerous responses to deadly mass shootings; a voter initiative passed three years ago expanded on that, banning all ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds even among gun owners who already possessed them.

    Earlier this year, a Republican-appointed federal judge overturned the ban, triggering a weeklong bullet buying spree among California gun owners before he put his decision on hold pending appeal. The same judge is overseeing another lawsuit brought by gun-rights groups that seeks to repeal a state law requiring background checks for ammunition buyers.

    Legal experts, lawmakers and advocates on both sides said the decision in the case over ammunition limits foreshadows more conflicts between Democratic-leaning states seeking to impose tighter gun laws and an increasingly conservative federal judiciary.

    “What you’re looking at in the Southern District of California is happening all over the country,” said Frank Zimring, a University of California, Berkeley law professor who is an expert on gun laws.


    Trump has the opportunity to fill a higher percentage of federal court vacancies than any president at this point in his first term since George H.W. Bush nearly three decades ago.

    To date, he has nominated 194 candidates for federal judgeships and has had 146 confirmed, out of 860 total federal district court judicial seats, according to the conservative Heritage Foundation. Of 179 seats on the federal appellate courts, Trump has nominated 46 judges and had 43 confirmed. He is poised to fill 105 vacancies in the district courts and four in the appeals courts, according to the Heritage Foundation.

    The changes to the federal judiciary could mean that even gun restrictions that were previously upheld by appointees of former Republican presidents may now be in jeopardy, said Hannah Shearer, litigation director at the San Francisco-based Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

    “I think the judiciary is headed into a more extreme place on gun control issues because of President Trump’s appointees,” she said.

    Even when gun and ammunition limits are upheld, those cases eventually could make their way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where Trump may already have tipped the balance.

    “The court is currently poised to take up its first Second Amendment case in about a decade. It’s a challenge to a law New York City passed that prohibited people who have home handgun licenses from taking their guns outside the city for target practice or to a second home.

    The city has told the court the case should be dropped, however, because it has relaxed its law.

    Among other cases working their way through the courts are challenges to a California ban on certain handguns, other states’ longstanding restrictions on carrying concealed weapons and limitations on interstate handgun sales.

    Yet forecasting how the Supreme Court might act, or even whether it will take certain cases, is fraught with uncertainty. The court has steered clear of gun-rights cases since establishing an individual right to possess guns in 2008 2010, and has let stand a number of state gun restrictions.

    Still, gun-rights supporters are excited by the changes brought by Trump and the Republican-controlled Senate. The upcoming Supreme Court session “could be a real game-changer” with Trump’s appointments of Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, said Chuck Michel, an attorney who represents both the National Rifle Association and the affiliated California Rifle & Pistol Association.

    “To the extent that the composition of the court has changed and that it will give the Second Amendment back its teeth, it’s very important,” Michel said. “It looks like there’s enough votes on the court right now to reset the standard.”

    His clients are challenging California’s ammunition background check and extended magazine ban before U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez, an appointee of former President George W. Bush.

    Other states that limit ammunition magazines in some way, typically between 10 and 20 rounds, are Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Vermont, according to the Giffords Law Center.

    Democrats said the prospect of four more years of Trump judicial appointments is helping energize their opposition to his re-election.

    “This would be one of the lasting legacies of Donald Trump,” said former California state Senate leader Kevin de Leon, a Democrat from Los Angeles who carried or supported many of the state’s firearms restrictions, including limits on military-style assault weapons. “When Trump is gone, they will be there for lifetime appointments.”

    Democratic lawmakers said they will continue pushing more firearms restrictions even as some fear they could be thwarted in the federal courts.

    State Sen. Anthony Portantino, a Democrat from Southern California, acknowledges the potential for state gun restrictions to be overturned by federal judges, but says the stakes are too high to back down.

    He noted that the gunman who recently killed three people and himself in Gilroy, at an annual garlic festival, was 19 and legally bought his assault-style rifle in Nevada before illegally bringing it into California. The gunman also carried a 75-round drum magazine and multiple 40-round magazines, all banned under California law.

    “That he could smuggle that across state lines and kill a 6-year-old, to me that’s an example of why we need federal action and why California should continue to lead and tell our story,” Portantino said.

    He is proposing a ban on anyone buying more than one gun a month and prohibiting almost all gun sales to those under age 21.

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    https://abc13.com/man-with-shotgun-s...9-3d28b92b85ba

    HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- In the wake of recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, some people are on edge.

    There were some tense moments at Baybrook Mall, when people took to social media after hearing reports of a possible active shooter at the popular shopping center.

    Police got calls around 9 p.m. Wednesday. An officer working inside the Dave & Busters was alerted by staff of a suspicious person outside, possibly carrying a gun.

    "As soon as I saw a guy with a gun, I ran," says a witness who didn't want to be identified, who says he and his friend were confronted by someone brandishing a gun.

    He lifts his shirt up and I turn around immediately, and I run and I'm telling people, 'Go, this guy has a gun,'" the witness said.

    After that, people at the shopping center posted to social media about hearing reports of a gunman.

    The man who was confronted by the gunman says he recognized him from a previous run-in, accusing him of breaking into his car months ago and stealing a designer bag.

    Earlier in the evening, he says, a friend noticed the man, confronted him, and that's when he says he left and came back with the gun.

    He says "He made some threats about shooting us and killing us."

    Police tell Eyewitness News they got conflicting statements from witnesses on whether or not he had a gun. Police eventually found him and say they had to use a Taser on him to take him into custody. They say he wasn't armed at the time, but they did find a shotgun inside his car.

    Police add the man with the gun was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation. They say he could face charges.

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    https://nypost.com/2019/08/16/man-in...n-connecticut/

    NORWALK, Conn. — Authorities say they’ve arrested a Connecticut man interested in committing a mass shooting and seized weapons and ammunition from his home.

    Norwalk and FBI officials say 22-year-old Brandon Wagshol was charged Thursday with illegal possession of large capacity ammunition magazines. Police say they received a tip that Wagshol was trying to buy large-capacity rifle magazines from out of state.

    Officials allege Wagshol was attempting to build a rifle with parts bought online. They say a Facebook posting showed his interest in committing a mass shooting.

    Authorities say they seized firearms, body armor and other items from Wagshol’s home. They say the firearms are registered to his father.

    Wagshol was held on $250,000 bail. It wasn’t immediately clear if he has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.

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    A shooting reported at a naval base in florida with 3 people dead.


    The gunman who killed three people at a US naval base in Pensacola, Florida, is a Saudi student, officials say.

    The suspect, a Saudi military member in training at the site, was shot dead after the attack in a classroom.

    The local sheriff's office confirmed eight others were injured in the attack. The shooter used a handgun.

    It is the second shooting to take place at a US military base after a US sailor shot dead two workers at the Pearl Harbour military base on Wednesday.

    Authorities were alerted to the shooting at the base on the waterfront southwest of Pensacola at 06:51 (12:51 GMT).

    "Walking through the crime scene was like being on the set of a movie," said Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan.

    Two officers were shot in the limbs but are expected to recover.

    "Obviously the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims," said the governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis.

    "I think they're going to owe a debt here, given that this was one of their individuals," he added.

    An investigation was taking place and names of victims would not be released until next of kin had been notified, the US Navy said in a statement.

    President Donald Trump tweeted that he had received a full briefing.

    "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time," he wrote.

    According to its website the naval airbase, which is still in lockdown, employs more than 16,000 military and 7,400 civilian personnel.

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    NEW YORK (AP) — New York’s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures.

    Attorney General Letitia James’ lawsuit, filed in state court in Manhattan after an 18-month investigation, highlighted misspending and self-dealing allegations that have roiled the NRA and its longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre, in recent years — from hair and makeup for his wife to a $17 million post-employment contract for himself.

    The troubles, which James said were long cloaked by loyal lieutenants and a pass-through payment arrangement with a vendor, started to come to light as the NRA’s deficit piled up and it struggled to find its footing after a spate of mass shootings eroded support for its pro-gun agenda. The organization went from a nearly $28 million surplus in 2015 to a $36 million deficit in 2018.

    James, a Democrat, argued that the organization’s prominence and cozy political relationships had lulled it into a sense of invincibility and enabled a culture where non-profit rules were routinely flouted and state and federal laws were violated. Even the NRA’s own bylaws and employee handbook were ignored, she said.

    “The NRA’s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,” James said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. “The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.”

    A message seeking comment from the NRA about the lawsuit was left Thursday.

    James is taking aim at the NRA after her office last year dismantled President Donald Trump’s charitable foundation and fined him $2 million to settle allegations he used donations meant for worthy causes to further his own business and political interests. Though it is headquarters in Virginia, the NRA was chartered as a non-profit in New York in 1871 and continues to be incorporated in the state.

    James also named LaPierre and three other current and former executives as defendants: corporate secretary and general counsel John Frazer, retired treasurer and chief financial officer Wilson Phillips, and LaPierre’s former chief of staff Joshua Powell. While the lawsuit accuses all four men of wrongdoing and seeks fines and remuneration, none of them have been charged with a crime.

    LaPierre, who has been in charge of the NRA’s day-to-day operations since 1991, is accused of spending millions of dollars on private travel and personal security, accepting expensive gifts such as African safaris and use of a 107-foot yacht from vendors and setting himself up with a $17 million contract with the NRA, if he were to exit the organization, without board approval.

    The lawsuit said LaPierre, 70, spent millions of the NRA’s dollars on travel consultants, including luxury black car services, and hundreds of thousands of dollars on private jet flights for himself and his family, including more than $500,000 on eight trips to the Bahamas over a three-year span.

    Some of the NRA’s excess spending was kept secret, the lawsuit said, under an arrangement with the organization’s former advertising agency, Ackerman McQueen.

    The advertising firm would pick up the tab for various expenses for LaPierre and other NRA executives and then send a lump sum bill to the organization for “out-of-pocket expenses,” the lawsuit said.

    Frazer, the corporate secretary and general counsel, is accused of aiding the alleged misconduct by certifying false or misleading annual regulatory filings, failing to comply with governance procedures, failing to enforce a conflict of interest policy, and failing to ensure that board members were reviewing transactions or that the the organization was following the law.

    Phillips is accused of overseeing the pass-through arrangement. The lawsuit said he ignored or downplayed whistleblower complaints and made a deal to enrich himself in retirement — a bogus $1.8 million contract to consult for the incoming treasurer and a deal worth $1 million for his girlfriend.

    Powell, the former LaPierre chief of staff, is accused of getting his father a $90,000 photography gig through an NRA vendor, arranging a $5 million contract for a consulting firm where his wife worked and pocketing $100,000 more in housing and relocation reimbursements than the organization’s rules allowed. He was fired after 3? years for allegedly misappropriating NRA funds.

    The lawsuit comes at a time when the NRA is trying to remain relevant and a force in the 2020 presidential election as it seeks to help President Donald Trump secure a second term.

    There has been an ongoing factional war within organization, pitting some of its most ardent gun-rights supporters and loyalists against one another. The NRA has traded lawsuits with Ackerman McQueen, which crafted some of its most prominent messages for decades, eventually severing ties with it last year and scrapping its controversial NRA-TV, which aired many of its most controversial messages.

    The internal battles reached a fevered pitch at its 2019 annual meeting where its then-president, Oliver North, was denied a traditional second term amid a tussle with LaPierre as he sought to independently review the NRA’s expenses and operations. He accused LaPierre of exerting “dictatorial” control.

    Chris Cox, the NRA’s longtime lobbyist and widely viewed as a likely successor to LaPierre, left after being accused of working behind the scenes with North to undermine LaPierre.

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    NEW YORK (AP) ? New York?s attorney general sued the National Rifle Association on Thursday, seeking to put the powerful gun advocacy organization out of business over allegations that high-ranking executives diverted millions of dollars for lavish personal trips, no-show contracts for associates and other questionable expenditures.

    Attorney General Letitia James? lawsuit, filed in state court in Manhattan after an 18-month investigation, highlighted misspending and self-dealing allegations that have roiled the NRA and its longtime leader, Wayne LaPierre, in recent years ? from hair and makeup for his wife to a $17 million post-employment contract for himself.

    The troubles, which James said were long cloaked by loyal lieutenants and a pass-through payment arrangement with a vendor, started to come to light as the NRA?s deficit piled up and it struggled to find its footing after a spate of mass shootings eroded support for its pro-gun agenda. The organization went from a nearly $28 million surplus in 2015 to a $36 million deficit in 2018.

    James, a Democrat, argued that the organization?s prominence and cozy political relationships had lulled it into a sense of invincibility and enabled a culture where non-profit rules were routinely flouted and state and federal laws were violated. Even the NRA?s own bylaws and employee handbook were ignored, she said.

    ?The NRA?s influence has been so powerful that the organization went unchecked for decades while top executives funneled millions into their own pockets,? James said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. ?The NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse, which is why, today, we seek to dissolve the NRA, because no organization is above the law.?

    A message seeking comment from the NRA about the lawsuit was left Thursday.

    James is taking aim at the NRA after her office last year dismantled President Donald Trump?s charitable foundation and fined him $2 million to settle allegations he used donations meant for worthy causes to further his own business and political interests. Though it is headquarters in Virginia, the NRA was chartered as a non-profit in New York in 1871 and continues to be incorporated in the state.

    James also named LaPierre and three other current and former executives as defendants: corporate secretary and general counsel John Frazer, retired treasurer and chief financial officer Wilson Phillips, and LaPierre?s former chief of staff Joshua Powell. While the lawsuit accuses all four men of wrongdoing and seeks fines and remuneration, none of them have been charged with a crime.

    LaPierre, who has been in charge of the NRA?s day-to-day operations since 1991, is accused of spending millions of dollars on private travel and personal security, accepting expensive gifts such as African safaris and use of a 107-foot yacht from vendors and setting himself up with a $17 million contract with the NRA, if he were to exit the organization, without board approval.

    The lawsuit said LaPierre, 70, spent millions of the NRA?s dollars on travel consultants, including luxury black car services, and hundreds of thousands of dollars on private jet flights for himself and his family, including more than $500,000 on eight trips to the Bahamas over a three-year span.

    Some of the NRA?s excess spending was kept secret, the lawsuit said, under an arrangement with the organization?s former advertising agency, Ackerman McQueen.

    The advertising firm would pick up the tab for various expenses for LaPierre and other NRA executives and then send a lump sum bill to the organization for ?out-of-pocket expenses,? the lawsuit said.

    Frazer, the corporate secretary and general counsel, is accused of aiding the alleged misconduct by certifying false or misleading annual regulatory filings, failing to comply with governance procedures, failing to enforce a conflict of interest policy, and failing to ensure that board members were reviewing transactions or that the the organization was following the law.

    Phillips is accused of overseeing the pass-through arrangement. The lawsuit said he ignored or downplayed whistleblower complaints and made a deal to enrich himself in retirement ? a bogus $1.8 million contract to consult for the incoming treasurer and a deal worth $1 million for his girlfriend.

    Powell, the former LaPierre chief of staff, is accused of getting his father a $90,000 photography gig through an NRA vendor, arranging a $5 million contract for a consulting firm where his wife worked and pocketing $100,000 more in housing and relocation reimbursements than the organization?s rules allowed. He was fired after 3? years for allegedly misappropriating NRA funds.

    The lawsuit comes at a time when the NRA is trying to remain relevant and a force in the 2020 presidential election as it seeks to help President Donald Trump secure a second term.

    There has been an ongoing factional war within organization, pitting some of its most ardent gun-rights supporters and loyalists against one another. The NRA has traded lawsuits with Ackerman McQueen, which crafted some of its most prominent messages for decades, eventually severing ties with it last year and scrapping its controversial NRA-TV, which aired many of its most controversial messages.

    The internal battles reached a fevered pitch at its 2019 annual meeting where its then-president, Oliver North, was denied a traditional second term amid a tussle with LaPierre as he sought to independently review the NRA?s expenses and operations. He accused LaPierre of exerting ?dictatorial? control.

    Chris Cox, the NRA?s longtime lobbyist and widely viewed as a likely successor to LaPierre, left after being accused of working behind the scenes with North to undermine LaPierre.

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    CALLAHAN, Fla. (NEXSTAR) — Law enforcement arrested a 12-year-old in Florida after the child brought three handguns to school, according to local officials.

    The Associated Press reports the boy was taken into custody Thursday at Lighthouse Christian School in Nassau County.

    A teacher at the school reportedly found two guns, a .38-caliber revolver and a small semi-automatic handgun, as well as two boxes of ammunition in the child’s lunchbox. Administrators then found a loaded semi-automatic on the boy.

    According to deputies, a disturbing drawing of a man outside a school surrounded by dead bodies was in the boy’s desk.

    Local officials reported the boy had shown the guns to other students.

    He’s been charged with possession of a firearm on school property.

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