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Cop Killer's Commencement Speech Spurs Pennsylvania Legislation

October 7, 2014
"The words of the victims should be louder than the criminals who sit behind concrete and steel," said Vereb. He drafted the bill after revelations that Goddard College invited Abu-Jamal to speak to graduates Sunday in prerecorded remarks.

9/11 Comp. Law Reauthorization Needed

September 9, 2014
Days before the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, elected officials from New York called on Congress to reauthorize federal legislation to compensate first responders who became ill working at ground zero.

Militarization or Officer Safety Precautions?

August 26, 2014

Seizing upon the naive theme that law enforcement has become over militarized, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) recently introduced a bill titled "The Regulatory Agency Demilitarization Act" (H.R. 4934) that would disarm most Inspector General (IG) criminal investigators. His bill would revoke most IG agents' law enforcement authority and take away their authority to carry firearms and to make arrests.

Bill Would Allow Judge to Issue Search Warrant by Telephone in Tennessee

August 7, 2014
Some state senators oppose a Tennessee bill that would allow a magistrate or judge to issue a search warrant by telephone or "other reliable electronic means."

Ohio Police Get More Time to Plant Tracking Devices

June 26, 2014
The Ohio Supreme Court is now giving law enforcement an extra week to install tracking devices after obtaining a search warrant.

High Court: 'Straw' Gun Purchases Illegal

June 17, 2014
The Supreme Court on Monday deemed "straw" purchases of firearms illegal, delivering a huge win to advocates of stricter gun controls. The case, Abramski v. United States, centered on a former police officer who bought a Glock 19 handgun for his uncle.

States Seek to Limit Use of Cell Phone Surveillance Tools

June 16, 2014
Controversy is brewing over local police use of cell phone surveillance tools to gather mass user data.

Illinois Tosses Ticket Quotas

June 15, 2014
A new Illinois state law prohibits police agencies from assigning ticket quotas to rate officers' peformance.

N.J. Law Makes It Illegal to Threaten Police Dogs

August 15, 2013
New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill that makes it a crime to threaten a police K-9 being used by a law enforcement agency.

Killing Police Animals Now a Felony In New York

July 30, 2013
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that now makes it a felony to kill a police dog or horse, increasing the penalty from a misdemeanor when the law goes into effect in November.

N.H. Medical Marijuana Law Bans Home Grow

July 25, 2013
New Hampshire became the nineteenth state in the nation to approve the use of medical marijuana for the terminally and chronically ill when Gov. Maggie Hassan signed House Bill 573 into law on Tuesday.

N.Y. Bill Would Make Harassing Cops a Felony

June 7, 2013
The New York state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would make it a felony to annoy a police officer. The bill would make aggravated harassment of an officer a crime punishable by up to four years in prison.

Illegal Gun Owners Would Be Reported To NICS Under La. Bill

May 30, 2013
Louisiana legislators approved a bill requiring information about residents banned from possessing a firearm be reported to the federal system accessed for background checks.

R.I. Ends Ban On Armed Campus Police

May 24, 2013
Police at the University of Rhode Island could soon be carrying firearms following a vote Thursday by state education officials to end Rhode Island's distinction as the only state to prohibit police on public campuses from carrying guns.

'Indestructible' Minn. K-9 Euthanized

May 6, 2013
A Minnesota agency's police dog euthanized April 30 left a lasting legacy in law enforcement after enduring a stabbing, kicking, and near drowning.

Ariz. Law Requires Police to Sell Buyback Guns

April 30, 2013
Gov. Jan Brewer signed legislation Monday aimed specifically at halting Tucson's practice of allowing police to destroy guns that people voluntarily surrender through buyback programs.

U.S. Senate Rejects Gun-Control Legislation

April 17, 2013
A federal gun-control law that would have expanded background checks to cover gun shows and online purchases failed to pass in the U.S. Senate today.

Senate Gun Deal Would Expand Background Checks

April 10, 2013
U.S. Senators reached an agreement that would expand background checks for firearm purchases to limit access to weapons for criminals and the mentally ill.

NRA Vows To Challenge Maryland Gun Law

April 9, 2013
The National Rifle Association's president told a Washington, D.C. radio station Tuesday the organization will "absolutely" challenge Maryland's strict gun control law awaiting the governor's signature.

Maryland Poised To Enact Gun Control Measures

April 5, 2013
The Maryland Legislature passed strict gun control measures including a magazine-capacity limit and assault weapon ban Wednesday expected to be signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley.
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