Area gun dealer: bump stocks are of little value to legit gun owners

An area firearms dealer says he has seen little or no interest in what are called “bump stocks”, and they are of little to no value to any responsible gun owner. This comes amid growing calls for a federal ban on them. Bump stocks can modify semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly — more like automatic ones — and officials say the Las Vegas gunman had them on 12 rifles found in his hotel room. White says he’s had a few more calls this week, but he discourages anyone from buying one. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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The latest: Las Vegas gunman’s secret life thwarts investigators’ hunt for motive

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether gunman Stephen Paddock scoped out bigger music festivals in Las Vegas and Chicago — and perhaps Boston’s Fenway Park — before setting up his perch in a casino hotel and raining deadly fire on country music fans. Paddock booked rooms overlooking the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago in August and the Life Is Beautiful show near the Vegas Strip in late September, according to authorities reconstructing his movements before he undertook the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. It was not clear if he contemplated massacres at those sites. Investigators looking into Paddock also came across mention of Fenway Park, Boston police Lt. Detective Mike McCarthy said, though he provided no further details. The details came to light as investigators struggled to figure out why the high-stakes gambler opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 Sunday night from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel casino in Las Vegas. He killed 58 people and injured nearly 500 before taking his own life. A federal official said authorities are looking into the possibility Paddock planned additional attacks, including a car bombing. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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Judge rules suit over Charlottesville Lee statue can proceed

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A judge in Virginia says a lawsuit over Charlottesville’s plans to remove a Confederate statue should go forward. Local media reported Wednesday that Judge Richard Moore ruled against the city’s request to drop the lawsuit. A group of plaintiffs sued after Charlottesville’s City Council voted earlier this year to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Among other things, they say doing so would violate a state law that protects memorials for war veterans. Controversy over the statue sparked an August rally of white nationalists that descended into violent chaos. Charlottesville has since shrouded the monument with a black shroud as a symbol of mourning for the woman who was killed. The city council has also since voted to remove another statue of Confederate Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

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Facebook to build $750 million data center in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Facebook plans to build a massive new data center in Virginia. The social media giant announced Thursday that it selected a spot in Henrico County, just outside Richmond, to build a new $750 million foot data center. Company officials said it would be one of the most advanced and energy-efficient data centers in the world. Facebook is partnering with electric utility Dominion Energy to offset the energy used by the data center with power produced by new solar installations around the state. Dominion said it will file a new energy rate with state regulators later this month. Facebook will be eligible for millions of dollars in state and local tax breaks for the new project, which officials said will create thousands of construction jobs and 100 full-time employees when comp

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Author Kent Hartman talks about the big names in music, along with the rise and demise of music from the ’70s and ’80s

 

Author Kent Hartman on the Morning Line:

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A look at Virginia’s gun laws ahead of renewed debate

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The debate over gun control has been renewed nationwide in the aftermath of Las Vegas, but a lot of gun legislation differs from state to state. WLNI’s Ian Price has more on the gun laws here in Virginia:

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More information on gun laws in Virginia can be found here

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Local experts have been weighing in on the Las Vegas shootings

 

Janet Rose talks with Marco Galbreath from T4 Tactics in D.C.

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Expert: Hard to determine if Las Vegas Massacre was preventable

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A criminal justice professor in our area says based on intelligence so far, the Las Vegas Massacre does not seem preventable. More from WLNI’s Ian Price:

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Bedford orchard sees apples ripen early, hit the ground and lose value

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October is the month when apple picking is supposed to be at its peak, but if one Bedford County orchard’s experience is any indication, many apples hit the ground in recent weeks before anyone could pick them. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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Sheriffs group: McAuliffe canceled meeting over endorsements

The head of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association says Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has canceled a meeting to talk about budget issues because a majority of sheriffs has endorsed the Republican candidate for governor. VSA Executive Director John W. Jones told his group’s members of the canceled meeting in a letter sent Friday, which McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy declined to comment on. Coy said the sheriffs’ group is welcome to submit its budget concerns to the governor’s office and noted that McAuliffe has been active in seeking pay increases for sheriff deputies. A majority of sheriffs has endorsed Republican Ed Gillespie over Democrat Ralph Northam, an ally of the governor. McAuliffe is not allowed to seek a consecutive term.

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