Smith & Wesson loses fight with nuns and other shareholders on gun safety proposal

The maker of Smith & Wesson firearms lost a prolonged fight with religious groups and other shareholders who have been pushing it to consider a plan to help reduce the harmful effects of its products.

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Court victory legalizes 3D-printable gun blueprints | TechCrunch

A multi-year legal battle over the ability to distribute computer models of gun parts and replicate them in 3D printers has ended in defeat for government authorities who sought to prevent the practice. Cody Wilson, the gunmaker and free speech advocate behind the lawsuit, now intends to expand his operations, providing printable gun blueprints to all who desire them.

Source: Court victory legalizes 3D-printable gun blueprints | TechCrunch

Supreme Court Will Decide If Civil Forfeiture Is Unconstitutional, Violates The Eighth Amendment

For the first time in over 20 years, the U.S. Supreme Court will have the opportunity to review the constitutionality of civil forfeiture laws, which allow the government to confiscate cash, cars, and even homes. On Monday, the court granted a cert petition from Tyson Timbs, who was forced to forfeit his $40,000 Land Rover in civil court to the State of Indiana, after he pled guilty to selling less than $200 worth of drugs.

Source: Supreme Court Will Decide If Civil Forfeiture Is Unconstitutional, Violates The Eighth Amendment

The NSA’s Hidden Spy Hubs in Eight U.S. Cities

The NSA considers AT&T to be one of its most trusted partners and has lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.” It is a collaboration that dates back decades.

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Trump Embraces the NRA, Abandoning Flirtation With Gun Control – Bloomberg

President Donald Trump will deliver a strong sign of support for the National Rifle Association at its annual meeting on Friday, as gun-rights advocates regroup in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Source: Trump Embraces the NRA, Abandoning Flirtation With Gun Control – Bloomberg

Genealogy Websites Were Key to Big Break in Golden State Killer Case – The New York Times

Investigators used DNA from crime scenes and plugged that genetic profile into a private online genealogy database. They found distant relatives of Mr. DeAngelo’s and traced their DNA to him.

Source: Genealogy Websites Were Key to Big Break in Golden State Killer Case – The New York Times

EFF: Geek Squad has been working with the FBI for a decade

The FBI classifies the Geek Squad technicians who call in the reports as informants, but some of the documents in EFF’s possession suggest they sometimes do more than report something they find. One shows that the feds paid at least one tech $500, and it’s reportedly one of the payments involved in the child pornography case that compelled the EFF to file for a FOIA.

Source: EFF: Geek Squad has been working with the FBI for a decade

Two Ohio senators propose statewide ban on assault weapons – fox8.com

Sens. Michael Skindell and Charleta Tavares introduced legislation Tuesday making it a fifth-degree felony to possess or acquire a firearm considered an “assault weapon.”

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WV house committee axes bill to stop law enforcement property forfeitures | Cops & Courts | wvgazettemail.com

State code allows law enforcement officers to claim ownership of property seized from criminal suspects without convicting them of a crime; the House Judiciary Committee axed a bill Monday that would have changed that.

Source: WV house committee axes bill to stop law enforcement property forfeitures | Cops & Courts | wvgazettemail.com

Kasich shifts to calling for new restrictions on gun sales – News – The Columbus Dispatch – Columbus, OH

WASHINGTON — In a sharp departure from the views that won him the National Rifle Association’s endorsement in 2014, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he would support new gun restrictions such as universal background checks and perhaps a ban on the sale of some semi-automatic assault weapons.

Source: Kasich shifts to calling for new restrictions on gun sales – News – The Columbus Dispatch – Columbus, OH