►Twelve states are considering legislation that would eliminate the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed weapon, USA Today reports. Supporters say armed citizens help prevent crime, noting that crime rates are lower in the four states that allow residents to carry without a permit. But critics say it weakens gun control in the country. Allowing permitless carry puts officers in dangerous situations when they encounter someone with a weapon because requirements, like the person demonstrating proficiency with a weapon, would be eliminated, says Brian Malte, the director of state legislation for the Brady Campaign. States considering eliminating permits are Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia, according to the NRA.
►The Alameda County Superior Court has blocked the release of the report about the infamous pepper spraying incident that took place on the UC Davis campus last November. During an Occupy-affiliated protest, UC Davis campus police officer John Pike pepper-sprayed a group of protestors as they sat on a sidewalk. Photos and videos of the incident went viral online. “Judge Evelio Grillo's ruling in an Oakland courtroom came at the request of the UC police union. The Federated University Police Officers Association contends that state law forbids public disclosure of such information as the names of UC Davis campus police officers involved in the spraying incident and personnel information garnered from interviews with them,” the Los Angeles Times reports. The final report from the investigation of the incident was scheduled for release online Tuesday, but administrators cancelled those plans after learning the police union was seeking a restraining order to block the release of certain personnel information in the report.
►Police say a man in Plainview, Texas posed as a 15-year-old girl on Facebook to lure a 13-year-old girl to his motel room. The two had talked online before they agreed to meet at a hotel, but once she arrived, a 25-year-old man was in the room and said her “friend” was in the shower and would be out in a minute. When the girl turned toward the bathroom, the man grabbed her and put tape over her mouth. The girl screamed and resisted until she eventually escaped. “Such situations rarely end so safely,” Plainview Police Capt. Manuel Balderas told CNN. The case is another reminder about how easy it for a person to misrepresent themselves online and the importance of online safety.
In other news, a U.S. Air Force colonel noticed helicopters disappearing from the newly established (with U.S. funds) Afghan Air Force. Now the U.S. is investigating allegations that the aircraft were used to transport narcotics and illegal weapons around the country. ♦ Inventor Joel Braun patents a non-lethal weapon that combines a stun gun, blinding light, non-lethal bullets, and mace into one gadget. ♦ And new statistics from the UK show security sector jobs at a two-year high.