Friday, May 15, 2015
4:05pm ET - What many people may not realize is that it's perfectly legal to build your own unregistered and untraceable semi-automatic firearm if you buy the parts online and build the gun "for personal use." However, handing off a gun made in such a way in a private sale that doesn't require background checks is another matter. This is what happened last March when a team of state and federal law enforcement agencies concluded a five-month investigation by charging four California men with illegal firearms trafficking. Many of the 50 weapons seized were home-assembled assault-style rifles, constructed from parts purchased legally. Joining me today to discuss the growing frequency of these untraceable weapons turning up at crime scenes is Bryan Schatz editorial fellow at Mother Jones who wrote all about this disturbing trend. You can also follow Bryan on twitter.
4:35pm ET - In October of 2013 former college wrestler Michael Johnson was arrested for breaking Missouri laws that criminalize HIV-positive people for having sex without telling their partners they are infected, even if they practice safe sex. Johnson, who was accused of transmitting HIV to one person and exposing five other to the virus without having told them he’s HIV-positive before having sex with them was just found guilty yesterday of one count of recklessly infecting a partner with HIV, one count of attempting to recklessly infect a partner with HIV, and three counts of recklessly exposing partners to HIV and now faces 30 years in Prison. Joining me today to discuss the case and the criminalization of people living with HIV is Steven Thrasher, a Contributing Editor at BuzzFeed.
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