State senator says school districts should be able to set gun policy

State senators debated Tuesday whether schools should be allowed to be gun-free zones.

State Sen. Martha Hennessy. D-Hanover, put forth the 74-word amendment to a school safety bill to give school districts greater control of gun policy.

"My amendment would allow local school boards to decide, for their own schools, whether to allow firearms in the building or on school buses," Hennessey said.

The amendment is drawing fierce opposition, with some arguing that it's the first step toward greater restrictions of gun rights.

TSA accused of searching phones and laptops on domestic flights

We’re all used to our bags being searched when we go through airport security, but a number of reports claim that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is also searching the electronic devices belonging to passengers on domestic flights within the U.S.

As a result, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a lawsuit against the TSA, requesting records gathered by the fderal agency.

As gun debate roils on, teachers in this Texas school are already armed

In the days since a 19-year-old gunman stormed onto his former high school campus in Parkland, Fla., killing 17 people with an AR-15 assault rifle, the nation has been embroiled in a debate over what to do about school violence: How do you make it stop?
Here at Argyle High School, they already have an answer to that question: The teachers are packing handguns.
A sign outside campus warns: "Please be aware that the staff at Argyle [Independent School District] are armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students."

Fla. school officer waited outside building for 4 minutes as killings happened, sheriff says

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas school resource officer has been suspended without pay after Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said video shows him taking up a defensive position during the shooting but never entering the school.

Israel announced Thursday that the decision to suspend Deputy Scot Peterson was made after reviewing video from the shooting and taking statements from witnesses and Peterson himself, Israel said.

“He should have went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer,” Israel said.

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NH schools train for emergencies, will soon see security upgrades

For state leaders, protecting children in New Hampshire's schools is a top priority.

New Hampshire Homeland Security director Perry Plummer said New Hampshire has some of the safest schools in the country but every precaution needs to be taken so schools are ready for anything.

"I don't know of any state that's done more than we have post-Sandy Hook," Plummer said.

New Hampshire is investing $20 million to improve safety at over 300 schools.

He said he hopes that someday all schools will get the money needed to make upgrades.

NH teachers union rejects idea of arming teachers

New Hampshire educators are pushing back against a suggestion from the president that teachers be armed in the wake of a mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Seventeen people were killed last week in the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. The wake of the shooting, President Donald Trump and some others have pushed the idea of arming some teachers.

"The only way you're going to get it fixed is you need a certain degree of offensive power within the school," Trump said.

L.A. Snitch Program a Diversion from Utter Failure of Disarmament Laws

“The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to create a program that would offer a $1,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the recovery of an illegal firearm,” Brentwood Patch parroted, noting the measure was approved 15-0.

Authorities say good Samaritan with a gun thwarts attack on a police officer in Utah

Authorities say a good Samaritan with a handgun thwarted a savage attack on a police officer in Utah.

The good Samaritan in question is Derek Meyer, who told Salt Lake City Fox-affiliate KSTU-TV that he was driving on Main Street in Springville, which is about 50 miles from Salt Lake City, when he spotted police lights — and a man walloping a police officer.

The incident happened about 2 p.m. on Friday, police said. An officer on patrol saw a pair of feet dangling out of a bin for Tabitha's Way, a local food pantry that hosts a clothing recycling program.

US to Test Facial Recognition Scanners on People in Moving Vehicles

On Thursday the U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced plans for a new pilot program that will test out biometric facial recognition technology as part of an effort to identify fugitives or terror suspects. The Austin-American Statesman reported on the announcement:


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