House Approves Concealed Weapons Permit Bill

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(NewsCore) – The US House of Representatives Wednesday passed a bill that would allow gun owners with a concealed-weapons permit issued by one state to carry their concealed firearms in other states.

The bill, officially named H.R. 822 or the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2011, passed the lower chamber by a vote of 272-154.

The measure would apply to all states with the exception of Illinois which does not allow concealed carry permits.

Sponsored by Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.), the bill received the support of several moderate Democrats in addition to a majority of House Republicans.

The bills backers argued that the bill would reduce the current confusion resulting from different states having different concealed permit laws and allow gun owners to travel across state lines without worrying about breaking the law in those states.

We need to have a uniform standard so that gun owners know that theyre not in legal jeopardy when theyre abiding by the law when they travel among states, said Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.).

However, opponents argued that many states currently have reciprocity agreements with other states, and deemed the legislation both unnecessary and an encroachment on states rights.

Some liberal gun-control advocates also argued that the law would lead to a relaxing of standards across the country as states that require stricter background checks would be forced to accept lower standards.

Because any permit would suffice, this bill would create a race to the bottom, with whatever state has the most permissive concealed carry rules setting national policy, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in opposition to the measure.

Others said that was not an issue.

Its kind of like having a drivers license, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said. There are some states that have stricter driving laws than others.

The bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate and the White House has yet to weigh in on the issue.



The J.M. Smucker Company -PEANUT BUTTER RECALL

The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on two specific Best-If-Used-By dates of 16 oz. Smuckers® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because it may be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The affected product, which is packaged in 16 oz. Jars, is as follows:

UPC: 5150001701 (located on the side of the jars label below the bar code) Production Codes: 1307004 and 1308004 Best-If-Used-By dates: August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012 Chunky product only (not creamy) Impacted product would have been purchased between November 8 – 17, 2011

No other products of The J.M. Smucker Company are affected by this recall.

No illnesses related to this issue have been reported and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution for consumer safety.

Consumers who have purchased Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter Chunky with the above Production Code and Best-If-Used-By dates are urged to discard the product immediately and call the company at 1-888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon.

Learn more about this recall from the Food and Drug Administration.


What Our Black Ancestors Ate for the Holidays


Before you slice into that sweet-potato pie, douse those greens in hot sauce or cut a corner of macaroni and cheese this holiday season, consider what you may be missing.

African-American food historian Leni Sorensen says the iconic images of soul food during Thanksgiving and Christmas represent a small slice of black American culinary customs.

“There’s a wide repertoire of food. Everybody understands the iconic list of greens and pork chops and cornbread and sweet-potato pie. But that is only a minor list of all of the different foods that people eat within their own communities,” says Sorensen, a researcher at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

In the late 19th century, geography factored in how people celebrated the yuletide season. During this time African Americans lived mostly a rural existence, which translated into a farm-to-table lifestyle.

Read full article…

What Our Black Ancestors Ate for the Holidays
Natalie Y. Moore
Fri, 18 Nov 2011 16:19:00 GMT

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