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Legal news from Saturday, October 12, 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law and vetoed several gun control bills on Friday. Of the 17 bills awaiting gubernatorial approval, 11 were signed into law, including measures requiring buyers of long guns to obtain firearm safety certificates, phasing out the use of lead in ammunition, and banning individuals from gun ownership …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

A court in Chambery, France, ruled Friday that a Ministry of Justice circular, which stipulated that some foreign nationals would not be able to take advantage of France's same-sex marriage laws, is incorrect. The circular explained that France's bilateral agreement with 11 countries that do not recognize same-sex marriage prohibited French …

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by Matthew Pomy

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, applauded Tunisia's newly formed torture prevention body on Friday. The law establishing the organization was passed unanimously on Wednesday, and the Committee should be up and running once the law is published. Tunisia adopted the measure as part of its new obligations since signing the …

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by Matthew Pomy

A Northern Ireland judge ruled Friday that Health Minister Edwin Poots could not continue to enforce the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, calling the law "irrational." The lifetime ban was introduced in the UK in the 1980s in an effort to prevent the spread of diseases that can be carried in blood. However, it has …

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