The Department Of Justice Is Also Checking Things Out
A week after allegations of insider trading at DraftKings tainted the largely unregulated world of daily fantasy sports leagues, the Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI and U.S. Justice Department have opened investigations into weather DFS is even legal. The paper said there is an "ongoing discussion" with the Justice Dept. over whether DFS is exempt from the Uniform Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which says a "bet" does not include "participation in any fantasy or simulation sports game." DraftKings and FanDuel had been advertising heavily during NFL games and the league has embraced them, claiming that technically, they are not gambling sites, but games of skill. A DraftKings spokesperson told the Journal the investigation was "entirely predictable" and that the company strongly disagrees with any "notion that our company has engaged in any illegal activities." The New York Attorney General opened a separate investigation into the sites last week.
Maine's New Gun Law Loosens Restrictions
Despite a call for tighter gun regulations in light of the latest mass shootings, Maine rolls out a new concealed carry law on Thursday (Oct. 15) that allows legal gun owners over 21 to carry concealed weapons without a permit. The new law also allows for possession of a loaded pistol or revolver while driving a car. A third new rule allows hunters to use noise suppressors (aka silencers) on their firearms. Prior to the new law, someone wanting to carry a concealed gun had to get a police-issued permit, which required a background check, fingerprints, a questionnaire on criminal history, domestic violence investigations, drug use and mental health disorders and proof that a gun safety course was completed. Alaska, Arizona, Wyoming and Kansas already have similar laws.
Meanwhile, California's Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative that would make California the first state to require background checks at the point of sale for ammunition and force gun owners to dispose of now-banned large-capacity magazines and require that lost or stolen weapons be reported to police.
New York Breaks Up Gun-Running Ring
The Brooklyn district attorney announced on Wednesday that his office broke up a massive gun-running ring based in the South that sold 112 guns to an undercover NYPD officer. Eight men and women were arrested in three states and charged in the 541-count indictment, including alleged gang leader Michael Bassier, 31. DA Ken Thompson said that 90 percent of guns recovered in crimes committed in Brooklyn originate in the South in states with "lax gun laws."
Quick Take 1: After a college student asked Sen. Rand Paul if employers should be allowed to fire LGBT workers because they are gay, the libertarian Republican presidential candidate said the government shouldn't get involved. "I think, really, the things you do in your house, just leave those in your house and they wouldn’t have to be a part of the workplace, to tell you the truth," he said. In addition, Paul told students at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, "I don't know that we need to keep adding to different classifications that say the government needs to be involved in hiring and firing... I think society's rapidly changing, and that if you are gay, there are plenty of places that will hire you."
Quick Take 2: A second Republican has said that the House Select Committee on Benghazi was basically an excuse to attack the reputation of former Sec. of State and current leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Rep. Richard Hanna of New York said on Wednesday that he thinks, "there was a big part of the investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton." House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said last month that one of the committee's goals was to tank Clinton's poll numbers and a former Benghazi staffer said last week that it was a "partisan investigation" focused on Clinton.