July 18, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A judge in Florida's Monroe County ruled Thursday that the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Luis Garcia ruled in favor of same-sex couples who had challenged the voter-approved ban after they were denied a marriage license by the Monroe County clerk. In his ruling, ...[read more]
July 17, 2014
by Michael Roberts
Adopted to ease fear of the new federal government disarming the militias of individual states at the time of United States Constitution's ratification, the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of ...[read more]
July 3, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Missouri Supreme Court will hear legal challenges to a proposed constitutional amendment dealing with state gun rights that will appear on the ballot next month. Proposed Constitutional Amendment 5 would ask voters whether to enhance the right to keep and bear arms in the constitution. These ...[read more]
June 22, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday expressed support for a cease-fire in Ukraine's battle against pro-Russian separatists and called for both sides to negotiate a compromise. Following a ceremony commemorating the millions who died following the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union on June ...[read more]
April 3, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all nations on Wednesday to sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty. The treaty will take effect when it receives 50 ratifications. Eighteen member states ratified the treaty on Tuesday in response, bringing the total number of ratifications to 31. The treaty was ...[read more]
February 23, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The UN Security Council announced Wednesday that a 10 year old arms embargo against Somalia will not be fully restored after its expiration in March. In 2013, the security council voted to partially lift the embargo, allowing the Somalian government to purchase small arms to defend against ...[read more]
February 16, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A federal tribunal in Argentina has ruled that prosecutors cannot proceed with a case alleging former president Carlos Menem was involved in an explosion at a military weapons factory that destroyed much of the town Rio Tercero in 1995. Prosecutors argued that the explosion was a deliberate ...[read more]
February 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday struck down a California concealed weapons rule, ruling it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The rule required concealed weapons applicants to show good cause to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon, be of "good ...[read more]
January 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
A court in Bangladesh sentenced 14 men to death on Thursday for their involvement in a 2004 arms smuggling operation. Among the individuals sentenced was Matiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party. In addition, the 14 included former deputy interior minister, ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Thursday criticized the Vatican on the its handling of child sex abuse. During questioning in Geneva, committee member Sara Oviedo forced Vatican officials to acknowledge that the Holy See had been slow to react to allegations of ...[read more]

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