Saying that high-powered, military-style weapons and ammunition have no place in San Francisco, city leaders on Thursday announced a proposal to ban the possession of hollow bullets and require anyone buying more than 500 rounds at a time to notify the Police Department. The announcement by Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Malia Cohen and Police Chief Greg Suhr came less than a week after the Connecticut school massacre in which 26 people were killed by a gunman wielding a semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle. San Francisco tried banning semiautomatic weapons altogether in city limits, but was stymied by the courts;
Comments: Sure, SF will spend a pile of money it does not have on lawsuits. But consider the lives saved; crazed criminals bent on murder will remember that their weapons are loaded with hollowpoints and return home, stymied.
Rewrite for the SFC. Connecticut school massacre in which 26 people were killed by a PSYCHO gunman wielding a semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle.
Somehow the misprints always seem to get by the "journalists" they seem to be short on space so they leave out the facts! I don´t think the Police in SF should be carrying guns either and in particular the task force.
So fair warning, there will be lots of collateral damage from thru and thru bullets in the packed urban areas of SF. Hollow points aren´t just for the shooters safety via stopping power but for any innocent who might be anywhere behind the shooter´s target.
Also of note.. why is it that Obama´s federal government has ordered enough hollow point bullets (not for military use) for its civilians forces (the National Weather Service, NOAA, DHS, the SSA among others??) to put 5 bullets in every man, woman, and child in this nation? Just a little fact that gave me a great deal of pause. What are they up to?
Obama´s government has ordered 1.5 billion hollow point rounds. To give perspective, our troops in Iraq used a total of 70 million rounds in a year of combat.
Out of curiosity, how can SF make online suppliers repot squat? Assume the online supplier is outside the People´s Republic, then Federal, not local law has jurisdiction. And Federal law doesn´t require the supplier to supply any city, town, village or hovel information about its customers.
Insane Francisco. So much for freedom in SF. You are free to be very weird, but the government officials do want you to be able to defend yourself against the weirdos (or the government who wants to take away more freedoms once you are disarmed).
To be fair, you would almost have to be psycho to ant to live in asylum SF, so maybe they do have a valid argument.
These heartbreaking pictures show the squalid conditions that thousands of Roma children are forced to call home in the city of Kosice, Slovakia. The city, the largest in eastern Slovakia, received £51million when it was named the European Capital of Culture 2013 alongside Marseille, France. The money is to be invested into the city´s infrastructure, creative industries and tourism. However, in the suburb of Lunik IX around 8,000 Slovakian Roma, most of them children, live in squalor in one of the world´s worst slums. In many of the pictures, piles of rubbish can be see surrounding the blocks of flats where
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer has revealed she joined a cult that believed you can live without food or water. In a candid interview, the Dangerous Liaisons star describes being put on a diet ´nobody can adhere to´ and psychologically manipulated by a ´very controlling couple´ when she first reached Hollywood aged 20. She was taught to be a ´breatharian´ - someone who supposedly gets all their nourishment from the sun, with no need to eat or drink. And, despite struggling to earn a living, she was forced to pay for their guidance. Now, 35 years later, she describes being ´saved´ by her first
Iran has launched its first submarine for tourists in the Persian Gulf waters, an Iranian-made undersea vehicle. State television says the submarine has been dubbed Morvarid, which is pearl in Farsi, and has the capacity to carry four people per voyage. It says the vessel is four metres long and three metres in both width and height. Friday´s report says the submarine will serve tourists in Kish Island, Iran´s prime tourist spot in the Gulf. Morvarid has been designed and manufactured by Iranian experts. It is said to have a speed of up to 12 knots and a diesel generator but can be electrically powered
British companies are actively recruiting Romanians to come and work as midwives, waiters and hotel workers in the UK. Ahead of Britain opening its borders in January, weekly jobs fairs are being held in the capital Bucharest. And dozens of recruitment websites are advertising low-skilled jobs in this country – some offering the promise of ‘cash daily’ and others claiming knowledge of English is ‘not necessary’. (Snip) One advert reads: ‘Britain will remove restrictions on the labour market from 2014! Do not miss the start!’ Another boasts of the joys of working in the ‘historic, multicultural and glorious United Kingdom’,
Philadelphia — A federal appeals court has upheld the five-year prison term handed to a former Bergen County insurance broker convicted of using straw donors to steer nearly $100,000 in illegal contributions to Senator Robert Menendez´s campaign. In an opinion issued Thursday, the panel of three judges in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit in Philadelphia said they found "no error" in Joseph Bigica´s sentence. (Snip) Bigica has been behind bars since last year, when he pleaded guilty to using 19 straw donors to funnel a total of $98,600 into a federal candidate´s campaign coffers between 2005 and
Atlantic County — A longtime New Jersey Turnpike Authority employee was convicted Wednesday of stealing the wallet of a man involved in a car accident near a toll plaza last year. Assistant plaza supervisor Thomas Giberson scooped up the wallet containing $400 cash and hid it in a tollbooth at the Great Egg Toll Plaza in Somers Point, a jury in Atlantic County found. Giberson, 35, who has worked for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority for 16 years, was found guilty of fourth-degree theft Surveillance camera footage showed Giberson swiping the wallet after it fell off the lap of a Worcester
San Francisco — A Sonoma County supervisor was charged with misdemeanor peeking on Thursday, almost three months after he was arrested outside a woman´s home wearing only his underwear and socks, authorities said. Efren Carrillo, 32, is accused of peeking while "loitering, prowling and wandering upon the private property" of a Santa Rosa woman in the early hours of July 13, according to the complaint. The woman called police about 3:30 a.m. after she heard her bedroom window blinds being moved. She called again while police were en route to say someone claiming to be a neighbor had knocked on her
LOS ANGELES — A judge has denied a Southern California factory town´s attempt to shut down production of the popular Sriracha chili sauce over complaints about the pungent smell of pepper and garlic fumes emanating from the factory. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O´Brien rejected the city of Irwindale´s initial bid Thursday to cease operations at the Huy Fong Foods plant until the company can reduce the odor. "You´re asking for a very radical order on 24-hour notice," O´Brien told attorney June Ailin, representing the city. (Snip) The sprawling 650,000-square-foot factory processes some 100 million pounds of peppers
Otay Mesa — Authorities early Thursday continued their investigation of a sophisticated drug tunnel discovered Wednesday west of the Otay Mesa port of entry. The tunnel links warehouses in Otay´s industrial park to Tijuana, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said. The passageway is equipped with electricity, ventilation and a rail system to move the contraband. As part of the investigation, agents with the San Diego Tunnel Task Force and local authorities seized more than eight tons of marijuana and 325 pounds of cocaine, marking the first time cocaine has been found in connection with a San Diego drug tunnel, officials said.
Camden, N.J. — A New Jersey man has admitted stealing more than $2.5 million through a food stamps scheme. Thirty-four-year-old Alexander Vargas of Camden on Wednesday pleaded guilty to purchasing Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program benefits for approximately 50 cents on the dollar at the grocery store he managed in the city in 2012. Authorities say Vargas exchanged food stamp benefits for cash at Eddies Grocery. Vargas faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Under terms of a plea agreement, Vargas has agreed to a forfeiture judgment of nearly $3 million and to forfeit $22,273
The companies that administer the SAT and ACT college entrance exams are being sued over their sales of students´ personal information to outside parties. A lawsuit filed this week contends that the College Board, which runs the SAT, and ACT, Inc., sell identifying information about the hundreds of thousands of teenagers who take the exams each year without the students´ consent. (Snip) The lawsuit says the companies collect details about those students -- such as their names, home addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and social security numbers -- and sell it at a price of 33 cents per student, per buyer, but
The mystery surrounding the brutal murder of beloved teacher Colleen Rizter took another twist today after it emerged a judge has banned ‘distressing’ evidence against Philip Chism from being made public. Ever since last Tuesday’s horrific slaying - during which Chism, 14, allegedly slashed Colleen’s throat with a boxcutter in a bathroom at Danver’s High School, Massachusetts – friends and family of the victim have desperately tried to uncover a motive for the seemingly senseless crime. Chism allegedly confessed to the killing when he was arrested at 12.30am on Wednesday morning, but the freshman, described as ‘stone cold’ by one officer has
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In May 2010, two months after the Affordable Care Act squeaked through Congress, President Obama’s top economic aides were getting worried. Larry Summers, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, and Peter Orzag, head of the Office of Management and Budget, had just received a pointed four-page memo from a trusted outside health adviser. It warned that no one in the administration was “up to the task” of overseeing the construction of an insurance exchange and other intricacies of translating the 2,000-page statute into reality. Summers, Orzag and their staffs agreed. For weeks that spring, a tug of war
The National Republican Senate Committee, the GOP campaign arm responsible for Senate elections, has decided to use its political power to block consulting firm Jamestown Associates from receiving political work from GOP candidates or incumbents. Jamestown´s "sin" is working with the Senate Conservative Fund, an organization that supports conservative candidates for the US Senate. NRSC communications staffer Brad Dayspring, a former spokesman for House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), told The New York Times on Friday, “We’re not going to do
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