#AceWorldNews says a federal appeals court struck down California rules on concealed weapons on Thursday, deeming them in violation of the Second Amendment right to bear arms. In a 2-1 ruling, a 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel said that state counties could not require those with clean records applying for a concealed-weapon permit to prove “good cause” for receiving permission beyond self-defence.
The state prohibits anyone from carrying a handgun in public without a concealed-weapon license. It’s usually state sheriffs or police chiefs that issue a permit, which demands the applicant show good character, have valid cause and take proper training.
Law enforcement usually requires an applicant to show there is real danger or other reasons that a permit is needed beyond self-defence. This requirement, the court said, violated applicants’ constitutional rights.
“The right to bear arms includes the right to carry an operable firearm outside the home for the lawful purpose of self-defence,” Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote for the majority.
#AceWorldNews says Seven first-responders were killed on Wednesday battling a fire that destroyed an archive of bank documents, AP quoted Argentina’s security secretary, Sergio Berni, as saying.
The dead include five firefighters and two civil defense workers who were killed when a wall of the building collapsed on top of them.
The fire at the Iron Mountain warehouse took hours to bring under control, and the sprawling building is reported to be ruined. Buenos Aires civil defense director, Guillermo Montenegro, said the archives contained banking documents.
#AceWorldNews says Seoul will host its annual joint US military drills despite Pyongyang’s calls to stop the “provocative” war games, the Defense Ministry announced. South Korea also urged its neighbour to back up its words with action, after North Korea called on the South to stop the drills and jointly work to ease tensions including a moratorium on verbal attacks against each other. The joint military manoeuvres are scheduled for February and March.
#AceWorldNews says Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan replaced his entire military leadership without explanation on Thursday, Reuters reported. The chiefs of defense, army, navy and air force were removed and their successors named. The military has suffered a series of setbacks recently in fighting the Boko Haram sect which is trying to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.
#AceWorldNews says Renato Bellofiore, the mayor of Italy’s Gioia Tauro, is protesting against the choice of the town’s port as a place for reloading Syria’s chemical weapons. If something happens, the people “will destroy us,” Itar-Tass quoted the mayor as saying. Bellofiore accused the Italian Foreign Ministry of not knowing “what democracy is.” The operation to reload the chemical weapons from a Danish ship to a US one has yet to be officially announced by the Italian parliament’s commissions on foreign affairs and defense.
#AceWorldNews says Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted five rockets fired at the city of Ashkelon from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Reuters said. No group has taken responsibility for firing the rockets, which were shot down by small radar-guided missiles over Ashkelon, a city of 125,000 people about 12km north of Gaza. Palestinian security officials said Israel’s airstrikes hit two Hamas camps, wounding five people.
It took the government 11 years to furnish the records, requested in May 2002 as part of JW’s Terrorism Research and Analysis Project, and they are just as alarming today as they would have been a decade ago. The documents, from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) reveal that Al Qaeda had a sophisticated plan to hijack a commercial airliner departing Frankfurt International Airport between March and August 2000. The hijack team was to consist of an Arab, a Pakistani and a Chechen and their targets were U.S. airlines, Lufthansa and Air France. http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/document-analysis-of-al-qaeda-plot-to-hijack-plane-in-frankfurt-germany/