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March 6, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The men who pleaded guilty last month to the brutal Dodger Stadium beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow have been indicted by a federal grand jury on a weapons charge, according to court documents. According to an indictment filed Wednesday, the grand jury charged Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, both of Rialto, with one count each of being felons in possession of firearms. If convicted, the men face a maximum of 10 years in federal prison, prosecutors said. Authorities said they found about a half-dozen weapons - two semiautomatic rifles and a pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun and a revolver  - along with nearly 70 rounds of ammunition when they searched Norwood's home in connection with the Stow assault.
March 4, 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
The Russian soldiers outside an army base in this Crimean city had demands Monday for the Ukrainian soldiers inside: Pledge allegiance to the Russian military or put their weapons in storage, abandon their post and go home. The Ukrainians refused. "They must know that should they attempt to storm the base, we will fight back until the last drop of our blood," Col. Sergei Stashenko, the site's Ukrainian commander, told The Times. "Whatever they are up to, we will not allow them to get hold of our weapons.
March 4, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
Orange County supervisors cleared the way Tuesday to hire 15 retired sheriff's deputies to speed up the processing of more than 1,000 concealed weapon applications that have poured in since a federal appellate court ruling relaxed gun restrictions. Orange County has received so many applications since the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that sheriff's officials said it would take a full year to process all the paperwork unless additional employees were brought in. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens told supervisors Tuesday that she believed the hundreds of applications for carrying a concealed weapon were just an “initial rush” and predicted the trend would taper off. Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who has pushed to expedite the processing of the applications, said he was pleased that Hutchens was bringing aboard temporary help to clear out the paper.
February 26, 2014 | Doyle McManus
The headlines on the Pentagon budget unveiled by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week were all about austerity: the smallest U.S. Army since 1940; fewer aircraft, ships and armored vehicles; even some modest belt-tightening on future military pay and benefits. But one category of military spending largely escaped the budget ax: nuclear weapons. The United States has about 1,600 long-range nuclear weapons on active duty - more than any other country, including Vladimir Putin's Russia.
February 26, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
The Orange County Sheriff's Department may hire temporary staff to help process a flood of concealed weapons permit applications in the wake of its decision to loosen the county's gun restrictions. More than 500 people have applied for concealed weapons permits in Orange County in the last 10 days, nearly as many as applied all of last year. Sheriff Sandra Hutchens announced the policy change last week in response to a pro-gun U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that California counties may no longer require residents who want to carry concealed firearms to demonstrate a specific, individualized need to do so. Because the ruling is not yet final, and if successfully appealed may never take effect, Hutchens said applicants are encouraged to submit a statement of “good cause,” even though it's no longer required.
February 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon after turning himself in to police early Tuesday morning. He is expected to be arraigned later Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of second- and third-degree criminal possession of a firearm, both felonies, and fourth-degree possession, a misdemeanor, according to a New York police spokesman. Felton was accompanied by his attorney when he arrived at the 20th Precinct on Manhattan's Upper West Side, police said.
February 20, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
Orange County has loosened requirements for carrying concealed weapons in public following a pro-gun ruling last week by a federal appeals court, officials said Thursday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that California counties may no longer require residents who want to carry concealed firearms to demonstrate special, individualized needs, such as death threats. The court majority said law-abiding residents have a 2nd Amendment right to bear a gun in public.
February 18, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
In a move that activists described as the first of its kind for any American college or university, Occidental College in Los Angeles is pledging to stay away from any investments in companies that manufacture military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines for general public sale. The recent move by Occidental College trustees came at the urging of faculty members who were horrified by the December 2012 massacre of 26 students and staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and other mass shootings.
February 17, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
The Los Angeles Police Commission is poised to adopt a major shift in the way it judges police shootings, tying an officer's decision to pull the trigger to his actions in the moments leading up to the incident. The rule change, which will be taken up Tuesday, would settle years of debate over whether the commission can make a determination that a shooting violated department policy if the officer created a situation in which deadly force was necessary. Until now, the commission has generally focused on the narrow question of whether an officer faced a deadly threat at the moment he opened fire.
February 15, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Despite a court ruling that struck down California's concealed weapons statute , the San Diego County Sheriff's Department will continue reviewing applications for permits. The ruling Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the statute, as applied by the San Diego department, was overly restrictive and violated the 2nd Amendment. But the ruling, which overturned a ruling in federal court in San Diego, did not impose an injunction. The ruling is expected to be appealed to the full 12-member court and, possibly, to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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