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Lawsuit challenges California's assault weapons ban

Lawsuit challenges California's assault weapons banA gun-rights group sued Thursday to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was the latest among gun advocacy and lobbying groups to challenge California's firearms laws, which are among the strictest in the country, and comes after a recent series of deadly mass shootings nationwide involving military-style rifles. The lawsuit was filed in the same San Diego federal court district where a judge in April tossed out a nearly two-decade-old California ban on sales and purchases of ammunition magazines holding more than 10 bullets.



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Biden calls for reinstating assault weapons ban, buyback program

Biden calls for reinstating assault weapons ban, buyback programFormer vice president Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, called on Monday for reinstating a ban on assault weapons and including a buyback program to get them off the streets. In a column in The New York Times, Biden also called for stricter background checks for gun buyers and greater use of “smart-gun technology” that allows a weapon only to be fired by its authorized owner. “We have a huge problem with guns,” Biden said in the article published about a week after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, left 31 people dead.



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N. Korea says Kim supervised weapons tests, criticizes Seoul

N. Korea says Kim supervised weapons tests, criticizes SeoulNorth Korea said Sunday leader Kim Jong Un supervised test-firings of an unspecified new weapons system, which extended a streak of launches that are seen as an attempt to build leverage ahead of negotiations with the United States while driving a wedge between Washington and Seoul. The report by North Korean state media came hours after President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has expressed a desire to meet again to start nuclear negotiations after the end of ongoing joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises, and apologized for the flurry of recent short-range ballistic launches that rattled U.S. allies in the region.



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Fox Business Host Calls on Trump to Ban Assault Weapons, Battles Ex-NRA Spokeswoman

Fox Business Host Calls on Trump to Ban Assault Weapons, Battles Ex-NRA SpokeswomanD DipasupilIn a somewhat surprising move, Fox Business Network host Trish Regan—a vocal and loyal booster of President Donald Trump—on Wednesday called for stricter gun laws and the ban of assault weapons. Her comments drew the ire of one-time NRA spokesperson and frequent Fox News guest Dana Loesch.With renewed calls for action on gun control and universal background checks following this past weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the conservative Fox personality took to Twitter to call on the president to act.“.@realDonaldTrump has a major opportunity: he can BAN assault weapons and envoke strict gun laws and backgrnd (sic) checks in one executive order,” Regan wrote Wednesday morning. “To heck w/ lobbyists at NRA – the majority of Americans and common sense supports this! It’s time to do what is right for our country.”Regan’s message to Trump prompted Loesch to fire back, telling the Fox Business host that she disagreed with Regan and wasn’t sure where Regan was getting her data to support stricter gun laws.“She has to disagree bc she’s paid to disagree,” Regan replied, referencing Loesch’s former position at the gun lobby. “I don’t envy her position.”The primetime FBN host continued: “Nonetheless – majority of Americans believe we need better background checks for prospective gun owners. No one w/common sense believes we should hand an assault rifle to a mentally ill person.”Regan went on to write in another tweet that recent polls reveal the vast majority of voters favoring background checks on all potential gun buyers and purchases.Loesch, meanwhile, said Regan’s “ergo decedo response is unnecessary” since she’s been a strong Second Amendment defender for more a decade and that, seeing as she’s no longer employed by the NRA, she’s not currently paid to disagree with anyone. As for the poll numbers Regan shared, Loesch brushed them off, adding that she was “disappointed” to see such a response from the Fox host and “was hoping for good faith discussion on this issue.” She further asked for “cross tabs” of the polls, which showed 92 percent and 86 percent in favor of universal background checks, respectively.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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President Bill Clinton: Reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban Now

President Bill Clinton: Reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban NowWe know reinstating the assault-weapons ban and the ammunition limit will help end mass shootings, writes Bill Clinton for TIME.



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Poll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying 'no appetite'

Poll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying 'no appetite'Trump campaigned in 2016 on his strong support for the Second Amendment. But the poll found that more than half of GOP voters said they would support stricter gun laws after the recent shootings.



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North Korea fires more weapons, denounces US military drills

North Korea fires more weapons, denounces US military drillsNorth Korea continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing two presumed short-range ballistic missiles into the sea Tuesday while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing military exercises that the North says could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy. North Korea's fourth round of weapons launches in less than two weeks came amid a standstill in nuclear negotiations and after President Donald Trump repeatedly dismissed the significance of the country's recent tests despite the threat the weapons pose to allies South Korea and Japan and to U.S. bases there. Experts say Trump's downplaying of the North's weapons display has allowed the country more room to advance its military capabilities as it attempts to build leverage ahead of negotiations, which could possibly resume sometime after the end of the allies' drills later this month.



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The Latest: Germany condemns North Korean weapons test

The Latest: Germany condemns North Korean weapons testGermany is condemning North Korea’s latest test of short-range ballistic missiles, saying they are a violation of United Nations resolutions and urging the North to resume disarmament talks. North Korea continued to ramp up its weapons demonstrations by firing two presumed short-range ballistic missiles into the sea Tuesday while lashing out at the United States and South Korea for continuing military exercises that the North says could derail fragile nuclear diplomacy.



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North Korea took $2 billion in cyberattacks to fund weapons program: U.N. report

North Korea took $  2 billion in cyberattacks to fund weapons program: U.N. reportNorth Korea has generated an estimated $ 2 billion for its weapons of mass destruction programs using “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on Monday. Pyongyang also “continued to enhance its nuclear and missile programmes although it did not conduct a nuclear test or ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) launch,” said the report to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee by independent experts monitoring compliance over the past six months. The North Korean mission to the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment on the report, which was submitted to the Security Council committee last week.



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‘His Weapons Were His Hands’: California Model Says Epstein Posed as Victoria’s Secret Scout to Grope Her

‘His Weapons Were His Hands’: California Model Says Epstein Posed as Victoria’s Secret Scout to Grope HerA decade before sex abuse claims against accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein first came to light, the math-teacher-turned-wealthy financier posed as a Victoria’s Secret talent scout to try and “manhandle” a California model by luring her to a Santa Monica hotel room, according to a police report reviewed by The New York Times. “His weapons were his hands,” the model, Alicia Arden, told the Times of the 1997 encounter, one of the earliest documented allegations against Epstein. Arden was 27 at the time of the alleged attack.Another model—Italian glamazon Elisabetta Tai—has made similar allegations that Epstein posed as a Victoria’s Secret recruiter and tried to grope her. Arden’s allegations raise disturbing new questions about what some describe as Epstein's “total control” over Leslie H. Wexner, the billionaire businessman and CEO of L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret. Two former executives of the company told the Times alarm bells went off when it was learned that Epstein was attempting to get involved in recruiting lingerie models for Victoria’s Secret in the 1990s. Wexner is said to have been informed of the situation and promised to take care of it, they said, but he didn’t cut ties with Epstein until years later. Jeffrey Epstein Visited Clinton White House Multiple Times in Early ’90sAnd in the meantime, they said, he surrendered almost total control to Epstein, shocking those closest to him, who said they were mostly isolated from Wexner once Epstein came along. Perhaps the most drastic step of all came in 1991, when Wexner signed a power of attorney giving Epstein “full power and authority to do and perform every act necessary.” Epstein had control of Wexner’s financial affairs for the next 16 years, and he managed to scoop up assets previously owned by Wexner or his companies during that period, including a New York mansion for which there are no publicly filed documents showing the purchase, according to the Times. Epstein also went on to take on leadership positions in two of Wexner’s foundations. Epstein’s alleged sexual misconduct continued throughout this time, with one woman, Maria Farmer, accusing him of a sexual assault at Wexner's own mansion in 1996, around the same time that L Brands executives had become suspicious of Epstein's attempts to worm his way into recruiting for Victoria’s Secret models. Arden filed a police report about Epstein allegedly groping her less than a year after Farmer accused him of rape. In light of the 2008 charges against him for solicitation of prostitution from a minor and the federal sex trafficking charges leveled against him earlier this month, Arden questioned if his ties to Wexner had enabled him to prey on young women. “Why would someone that powerful and successful befriend someone like Jeffrey Epstein?” she was quoted as saying. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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