opinion Joanna Allhands Arizona Republic Published 7:00 AM EDT Mar 26, 2019 If you own a bump stock, you could soon become a criminal. The Justice Department has effectively banned them by reclassifying them as machine guns. Which means anyone who owns one must either destroy or surrender the device before Tuesday. And if you don't, congratulations: You're now breaking federal firearms law. How did we get here? After the Las Vegas shooting, where a madman used a bump stock during his shooting spree that killed dozens and injured hundreds, there was a nationwide push to get rid of the things. President Donald Trump declared that he would ban them without congressional action and directed the Justice Department to figure out how. The department's quick and dirty solution was to reclassify bump stocks as machine guns using an existing law: The National Firearms Act of 1934. This means no new bump stocks can be manufactured. Read more commentary: New Zealand … [Read more...] about Bump stock ban could make you a criminal. Here’s what you need to know
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Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY POLITICO’S 20TH EU STUDIES FAIR Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser GOOD MORNING: Is this town’s most eminent Liberal a little scary sometimes? Perish the thought! That being said, she’s never approached us this way. And now on to some politics. May you have a very pleasant day, in this ghost town and beyond. ROMANIA UPDATE: Here are the 19 Romanians to watch in Brussels over the next six months as the country takes over the Council presidency. Topping the list: Bucharest’s EU Ambassador Luminiţa Odobescu, who is well aware of the difficulties ahead, as she told Playbook last week. What you perhaps didn’t know: Odobescu is a Francophile and a driving force behind a group of French-speaking ambassadors in Brussels who work to promote the language and multilingualism in EU institutions. WHAT DOES … [Read more...] about POLITICO Brussels Playbook, presented by POLITICO’s 20th EU Studies Fair: Romania rises — CSU bares its left flank — Brexit means … what?
UKRAINE has imposed martial law for 30 days after three of its vessels were seized by Russia off Crimea. Lawmakers in Kiev debated for five hours with 276 voting for the measure and only 30 against. What is Martial Law? Martial law is the imposition of direct military control of the usual functions carried out by a government. It is usually introduced for a limited period and often as a reaction to either an emergency, major disaster or invasion. Often they are introduced after a coup d’etat or when a popular uprising threatens the established order. Why has it been declared in Ukraine? It has only been declared in parts of the country – mainly the regions bordering Russia. Marital law there will last for 30 days starting from November 28, 2018. The move was sparked by the naval clash off Crimea when Russia captured three Ukranian naval vessels along with 23 crew members. Ukraine said it was a Russian "act of aggression". Moscow said the ships had illegally entered its … [Read more...] about What is Martial law, why has it been declared in Ukraine and what does it mean?
UKRAINE-Russian relations have been tense at the best of times but they bubbled to the surface recently when naval forces from Russia captured three Ukranian vessels. We look what the disputes are over and why Russia prizes Ukraine so highly. What does Russia want with Ukraine? The two countries have been intertwined for more than 1,000 years, not all of it peaceful by any means. Russia sees the Ukraine as highly strategic – due to Ukraine’s coast it gives Russian ships access to the Black Sea and a warm water port along its Western borders. It is also important for Russia as it tries to hang on to its “sphere of influence” with countries on its Western borders after the collapse of the Soviet Union and many of its former satellite countries allying themselves with the West in general and the European Union specifically. Ukraine is also strategic for transit routes for its natural gas pipelines to the west. Losing control of the country would mean losing control … [Read more...] about What does Russia want with Ukraine, what is their history together and what happened in Crimea?
The removal of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General has raised questions about his replacement and what the move will mean for the probe into Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. Mr Sessions announced he would resign as the country’s chief law enforcement officer at the president's request in a letter to the White House following the midterm elections. The forced resignation was the culmination of a toxic relationship that frayed only weeks into Mr Sessions' tenure, when he stepped aside from the investigation into potential co-ordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Mr Trump blamed the decision for opening the door to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the Russia investigation and began examining whether Mr Trump's hectoring of Mr Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct justice and hinder the progress of the probe. Matt Whitaker, who has been promoted to acting Attorney General, is known to be a long-time critic of the … [Read more...] about What does the firing of Jeff Sessions mean for the Trump-Russia probe?