Signed By the Governor: Sweeping Vermont Privacy Law Will Hinder Several Federal Surveillance Programs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (June 10, 2016) – Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has signed a sweeping bill that establishes robust privacy protections in the state into law. It not only limits warrantless surveillance and helps ensure electronic privacy in Vermont, it will also hinder several federal surveillance programs that rely on cooperation and data from state and local law enforcement.

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California County Passes Ordinance Taking on the Surveillance State

San Jose, Calif. (June 9, 2016) – On Wednesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a surveillance technology ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other county agencies. It also highlights a strategy that can be used to take on federal surveillance programs.

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Intense Law Enforcement Opposition Derails Arizona Bill Setting Foundation to Reject and Block all new Federal Gun Control

PHOENIX, Ariz. (June 8, 2016) – Intense opposition by law enforcement lobbyists killed an Arizona bill that would have prohibited the state from using personnel or resources to enforce any new federal gun control measures, setting the foundation to nullify them in practice within the state.

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What I Should Have Said During the Radio Interview: Don’t Check that Box!

Over the weekend, I was on Gun Freedom Radio and had one of those annoying experiences that come up from time to time in live interviews. I realized how I should have answered a question about two minutes after the show was over. I’m sharing it here because it’s an important lesson in personal nullification.

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Signed by the Governor: New Louisiana Law Takes on Stingray Spying; Will Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (June 6, 2016) – Last week, Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards signed a bill into law that requires a court order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. The new law will not only protect privacy in the state, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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