Archive for August 30th, 2013

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This could get interesting

August 30, 2013

A description from The New York Times about a gun law being considered in Missouri. If it passes, I’ll bet we’ll hear from the US Supreme Court sooner or later.

Gun Bill in Missouri Would Test Limits in Nullifying U.S. Law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Unless a handful of wavering Democrats change their minds, the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature is expected to enact a statute next month nullifying all federal gun laws in the state and making it a crime for federal agents to enforce them here. A Missourian arrested under federal firearm statutes would even be able to sue the arresting officer.

The law amounts to the most far-reaching states’ rights endeavor in the country, the far edge of a growing movement known as “nullification” in which a state defies federal power.

Here’s a summary of Missouri’s current gun laws.

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You can check out any time you like

August 30, 2013

Don’t Fly During Ramadan is Aditya Mukerjee’s essay about his recent experience with the TSA. It’s a long post but worth your time; here’s a short snippet.

At this point, I didn’t mind having to leave the secure area and go back through security again (this time not opting out of the machines), but I didn’t particularly want to get the cops involved. I told him, “Okay, fine, I’ll leave”.

“You can’t leave here.”

“Are you detaining me, then?” I’ve been through enough “know your rights” training to know how to handle police searches; however, TSA agents are not law enforcement officials. Technically, they don’t even have the right to detain you against your will.

“We’re not detaining you. You just can’t leave.” My jaw dropped.

“Either you’re detaining me, or I’m free to go. Which one is it?” I asked.

He glanced for a moment at my backpack, then snatched it out of the conveyor belt. “Okay,” he said. “You can leave, but I’m keeping your bag.”

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