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Two black men were at a Philadelphia Starbucks waiting to have a business meeting when police entered the premises and demanded that the men leave. A Starbucks employee had called the authorities, asking police to remove the men, who the Starbucks employee claimed had not purchased any coffee and refused to exit the premises when asked.

Police arrived and an ugly, racially-motivated arrest ensued, all while others in the cafe watched and videotaped the incident. Police questioned the men, asking them why they were there, and they answered that they were waiting for someone to arrive for a business meeting.

The incident, which went viral on the internet, has sparked nationwide protests against Starbucks. Even the CEO of Starbucks has issued a formal apology to the men and closed down Starbucks stores for training intended to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future.

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Nunchucks, a.k.a "nunchaku" are usually two wooden sticks or two metal pieces of pipes connected by a rope or chain on one end. They are used by martial artists and other weapons enthusiasts as protection in many cases. They are also classified under Wisconsin law as "dangerous weapons." Therefore, much as someone tries to tell an officer that they're just two pieces of wood connected by a rope, nunchucks will definitely be viewed as dangerous weapons by the police and, therefore, they will be subject to specific rules and regulations.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about dangerous weapons and nunchaku in Wisconsin:

  • In terms of carrying and possessing nunchucks, the law reads as follows: "No person may carry, possess or use any dangerous weapon, except with the written approval of the chief of police or his or her designee or for law enforcement purposes. Dangerous weapons not approved by the chief of police may be confiscated by a police officer."
  • Furthermore, may not conceal your nunchaku. They must be visible unless you are a police officer. Nunchaku may only be displayed or sold if the chief of police has approved the seller to vend such items.

If you own nunchaku and you want to prevent getting in trouble with the authorities you may want to study up on what Wisconsin law says about this dangerous weapon. Knowing the law as it applies to carrying and possessing weapons in the state will help ensure that you follow the rules and avoid getting in trouble with the police.

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The latest mass shooting to shock the United States into a wave of grieving was the catastrophic incident that happened on Feb. 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida. This sad mass murder was carried out by a lone gunman armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, which he used to murder 17 high school students.

As the media continues to rage, and communities continue to real, Democratic lawmakers introduced a newly minted gun control measure as a response. If it becomes federal law, the measure would ban individuals from owning the AR-15 assault rifle, among many other weapons that the law classifies as assault weapons.

Thus far, Republicans have strictly opposed the proposed law while Democrats are supporting it. Gun rights advocates oppose bill as well, while pointing out that the AR-15 should not be on the list of banned weapons because it is not a fully automatic rifle.

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It's important for any gun or weapon owner to understand the restrictions that prohibit the carrying of certain firearms onto federal property -- especially if the weapon owner frequently carries weapons on his or her person. Failing to understand these restrictions could result in falling into serious legal trouble with the federal criminal law system.

Here is a complete list of firearm items -- and other weapons -- that you are prohibited from carrying onto a federal facility:

  • Anything that could be considered a dangerous weapon.
  • Explosives and destructive devices, including their individual parts and components that could be converted into a dangerous weapon that would cause death, serious injury or property damage.
  • Projectile weapons and firearms, including airguns, BB and pellet guns, antique firearms, flare guns, replica guns, toy guns, spearguns, starter pistols, stun guns and cattle prods, ammunition and slingshots.
  • Bladed weapons of all types.
  • Striking items like blackjacks and billy clubs.
  • Disabling chemicals.
  • Anything that could be used aggressively to cause harm to or immobilize someone.

This list applies to everyone who enters a federal facility -- such as contractors, occupants and visiting public -- except those officers who have the authority to carry weapons.

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When police accuse suspects of theft crimes, the accused faces serious offenses that could come with stiff penalties in the event of a conviction. However, a theft crime is nothing compared to the crime of murder in terms of potential consequences.

As such, if prosecutors have included a murder charge with your theft charges, you will want to take your criminal defense process very seriously. There are numerous legal strategies that might be available to a murder defendant.

Consider the potential of an insanity defense. If an individual kills another person, and he or she was insane at the time, or if he or she was not cognitively able to understand what he or she was doing or that it was wrong, then the defense of insanity could be suitable. The insanity defense is often supported by psychological expert witnesses who render their opinion as to the psychological state of the accused individual.

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