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The Second Amendment in the 21st Century: The Twin Developments of Constitutional Carry and Bans on Assault Weapons

It's not hard to see a future where many states allow so-called "constitutional carry" - your gun on your hip or in your purse - so long as it's not a submachine gun.

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In this post, we look at recent legal developments on guns, in North Carolina and on the national stage, starting with a proposal to allow conceal carry without a permit.

How does a DUI plea bargain work?

Every drunk driving case in North Carolina is different. Depending on the case, a defense lawyer might be able to defend his or her client's innocence. In other situations, a conviction could be likely. When a conviction is likely, your DUI lawyer might encourage you to try and negotiate a plea bargain agreement with the prosecution.

In a plea bargain, the defendant agrees to enter a guilty plea -- often to a less severe charge. In exchange for the guilty plea, the defendant will usually receive a dramatically reduced sentence. For example, perhaps the defendant will be sentenced to community service instead of jail, or he or she will need to attend an alcohol program rather than lose the ability to drive.

Police say they found 16 pounds of marijuana in hotel room

Police conducted a search in two Budget Inn rooms earlier this week. The search resulted in the arrest of a 25-year-old man. Allegedly, the man was hiding 16 pounds of marijuana in his hotel room. Police say that as soon as they entered one room, the man ran away on foot, but they apprehended him shortly thereafter.

Additionally, police claim that they uncovered 93 grams of hash oil, a vehicle, multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia and $7,300 in cash during the operation. The man has now been charged with felony-level drug trafficking, marijuana possession and drug manufacturing. He is currently being held on bail of $100,000.

Follow the Money: Trump's 'For-Profit Justice'

Can an article from 2015 be just as relevant today as it was two years ago?

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The answer is yes, when it's about for-profit prisons. It's without-a-doubt yes, following the recent news that the Justice Dept. killed Obama's executive order (under direction of recently beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions) that sought to do away with private contractors in federal prisons.

Now why would the DOJ want to save private contractors?

Maybe it has something to do with the biggest lobby no one is talking about, as a writer for the Washington Post put it back in 2015.

North Carolina teacher accused of heroin possession

A teacher employed in Franklin County was arrested along with her husband after police claim they found heroin in her vehicle. Police made the arrest of the 29-year-old woman and her 32-year-old husband on a recent Thursday evening in Franklinton. At the time of the arrest, their vehicle also contained their young children.

Authorities were tipped off about the couple and the possibility of drugs in their car after Vance County detectives notified police that the vehicle had been traveling through a neighborhood where drug deals were taking place. After receiving the tip, officers pulled the teacher over for a speeding violation after she entered Franklinton at approximately 11:30 p.m.

The Rise and Fall of Milo Yiannopoulos: Will He Rise Again?

Milo Yiannopoulos came this close to becoming a household name.

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He came close, and for a time perhaps was, but for now even far-right publisher Breitbart News seems to have seen the light, as they say.

Breitbart, the "platform for the alt-right," as President Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon put it, is where Milo published his many provocations. (Prior to joining Trump's team, Bannon ran Breitbart.) The alt-right, for those who don't know, is a political movement spearheaded by white supremacists, though its leaders deny the label.

Facing evident pressure, Milo resigned from his position as senior editor on Feb. 21. This happened after comments surfaced, from a podcast in 2016, in which Milo made some choice remarks about sexual consent with young boys.

To make a long story short, just about everyone dropped Milo like a hot potato. The only real marvel is why it took so long, and the only real question is whether there's enough gas in Milo's tank to rise again.

5 affirmative defenses against drunk driving in North Carolina

The defense of truth can sometimes be the best defense of them all. For example, what if a North Carolina resident was indeed driving drunk but he or she had a legitimate reason for doing so? In a case like this, if the accused person can explain themselves and their actions sufficiently, a court might release the person of the charges.

Here are five potential affirmative defenses against a DUI charge:

Massive drug bust: Authorities seize 2,200 pounds of pot

North Carolina law enforcement authorities have arrested six people in connection with 2,200 pounds of marijuana. Police suspect the individuals were participating in a marijuana trafficking operation. The seized drugs are said to hold a value of approximately $3 million.

Among the arrested individuals were six men and women ranging in ages from 25 to 67. Authorities charged all of them with conspiracy to traffic marijuana after raiding a home in Buncombe County.

Day Without Immigrants: Do We Need Them? Or Are We 'Just Fine' Without Them?

On the Day Without Immigrants, one Facebook status update proclaimed that we're "just fine" without them.

That Facebooker is very likely on the wrong side of history here, but she is certainly entitled to her opinion.

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The official Twitter hashtag is #diasininmigrantes, or #daywithoutimmigrants. Today, Feb. 16, 2017, is the Day Without Immigrants. It's a Thursday in which the good old-fashioned American consumer drove to the strip mall or corner store only to find the place closed for business, doors locked.

The Day Without Immigrants is a protest over arrests made across the country by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, at the behest of the Trump administration.

WFAE News in Charlotte reports that more than 250 businesses in the area closed for the day. School attendance is down, too. One teacher's tweet, accompanied with a picture of the classroom: "Empty desks today as over half my class stays home."

Authorities arrest 2 in Raleigh on marijuana, heroin charges

Raleigh police arrested two individuals on marijuana and heroin charges last month. According to authorities, they arrested a 34-year-old man and 31-year-old woman in northeast Raleigh.

Police arrested the man after stopping him at approximately 6:30 p.m. on a Wednesday evening. They seized nearly three pounds of marijuana and 41 grams of heroin at the time of the arrest.

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