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Gun show sponsor files for damages for violation of 2nd Amendment rights
Source: The Sierra Times

An article written about gun control and gun shows, dealing with the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
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King County Sheriff's Office
Source: King County Sheriff�s Office

Address and contact information for the King County Sheriffs Office.
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EFF's Top 12 Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy
Source: Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of citizens' rights regarding computers and the internet. This article provides practical tips for protecting one's privacy when online.
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Getting Started: Top Ten Ways to Protect Privacy Online
Source: Center for Democracy and Technology

Practical tips for protecting personal privacy when using email or visiting websites.
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Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC)
Source: Death Penalty Information Center

An anti-death penalty website that presents arguments against the death penalty, provides facts and figures on the death penalty in the U.S. and worldwide, and discusses the relationship between racial prejudice and the death penalty. The website also provides current news and links to other resources.
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Voting Rights for Felons
Source: Prison Fellowship

An article by John Graff, published on the Christian Prison Fellowship website, which supports the view that people convicted of certain felonies should retain the civil right vote.
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Buying a Gun Online

This article by Russ Chastain provides tips and advice about buying a gun online. He describes licensing requirements, how to search for what you want, and what prices you can expect to pay.
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Anti-Defamation League (ADL)
Source: Anti-Defamation League

This is the website of an advocacy organization that fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, combats international terrorism, probes the roots of hatred, advocates before Congress, comes to the aid of victims of bigotry, develops educational programs, and serves as a public resource for government, media, law enforcement and the public. The ADL's primary mission is to stop the defamation of Jews and to secure justice and promote fair treatment to all.
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The History of the Non-Medical Use of Drugs in the United States
Source: DRCNet (Drug Reform Coordination Network)

The text of a speech by Charles Whitebread, Professor of Law, USC Law School, on the history of the non-medical use of drugs and the history of drug regulation laws in the United States since 1914. The site also includes links to related documents, such as the Hearings of the Marijuana Tax Act.
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Effectiveness of the War on Drugs
Source: Drug Policy Alliance

This fact-sheet argues that the War on Drugs is not effective. It includes information on public costs of the War on Drugs, the effect of Drug War on American youth, and the effectiveness of drug prevention programs such as D.A.R.E.
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Background- The War on Drugs and Drug Prohibition

This website provides information on the history of the War on Drugs and the pros and cons of drug prohibition.
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A Society of Suspects: The War on Drugs and Civil Liberties
Source: Cato Institute

This "policy analysis" by Steven Wisotsky presents an argument that the War on Drugs is a war on the Bill of Rights. He argues that techniques used to fight the war on drugs infringe on rights of privacy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the right to be free from excessive punishment.
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Background - The War on Drugs and Drug Prohibition

An article by Andrew Somers on the history of the Drug War, the pro and con sides of prohibition laws, and the current status of drug prohibition.
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RCW 43.43.754 DNA identification system -- Biological samples -- Collection, use, testing -- Scope and application of section
Source: Washington State Legislature

This is one of Washington's laws about DNA data bases. The law describes who must submit a DNA sample for DNA identification and how DNA samples are taken. The law specifies that DNA samples may be retained but will only used for the purpose of providing DNA or other tests for identification analysis and prosecution of a criminal offense or for the identification of human remains or missing persons. The law also authorizes the submission of results from DNA samples to CODIS, the national DNA data base.
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DNA Forensics
Source: Human Genome Project

An overview of DNA forensics, including how DNA is used to identify living organisms (including people), various ways in which DNA identification is used in society today, methods of DNA typing and DNA technology, the use of DNA to solve crimes, federal legislation on the use of DNA technology to fight crime, the national DNA database CODIS, and the ethical, social and legal issues surrounding the use of DNA data bases. Additionally, the article contains links to many other helpful resources about DNA and forensic identification, and you can also find out more about the Human Genome Project by clicking on links on the left side of the screen.
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Genetic Fingerprinting
Source: Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia

This is an encyclopedia article about genetic fingerprinting, otherwise known as DNA testing, DNA identification, or DNA profiling. The article discusses how genetic fingerprinting is done and how it is used in criminal investigations and trials. The article also provides an overview of famous cases involving DNA evidence, with links to learn more about each case.
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RCW 43.43.759 DNA identification system -- Rule-making requirements
Source: Washington State Legislature

This is one of Washington's laws about DNA data bases. The law specifies that rules adopted by the Washington State Patrol to implement Washington's laws on DNA data bases must prohibit the use of DNA identification data for any research or other purpose that is not related to a criminal investigation, to the identification of human remains or missing persons, or to improving the operation of the DNA identification system.
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RCW 43.43.753 Findings -- DNA identification system -- DNA data base -- DNA data bank
Source: Washington State Legislature

One of Washington's laws about DNA data bases. This law describes the state's position on the use of DNA technology and DNA data bases in criminal investigations. This law authorizes Washington to establish a DNA data base and DNA data bank containing DNA samples of people convicted of felonies and DNA samples for the identification of missing persons and unidentified human remains. The law also specifies that the information and samples held in the data bank can only be used for purposes related to criminal investigation, the identification of human remains or missing persons, or to help improve the operation of the DNA identification system.
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The PBS Kids Democracy Project -- Why Vote? A Public Awareness Campaign
Source: PBS

This website offers teacher's activities to have students do in order to gain an understanding of the importance of voting.
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Firearms FAQ's
Source: Washington State Department of Licensing

A list of frequently asked question pertaining to firearms, permits, carrying a weapon, and dealing firearms.
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Source: Washington State Department of Licensing

Information about gun permits in the State of Washington. Included are links to frequently asked questions, certain statutes relating to firearms licensing, application forms for certain licenses and handgun transfers, and notices for firearms dealers. Also included are links to other sites offering a list of states with reciprocity for concealed pistol licenses and the Concealed Carry (CCW) Database.
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Voting Rights
Source: Asian American Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

This article describes the historical participation of Asian Americans in civic roles including voting as well as more current issues such as barriers to the exercise of voting rights.
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Elections Reform & Voting Rights
Source: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

The NAACP outlines plans to make sure that voting is accessible to everyone. Topics include access to voting, protecting current voters, and holding officials accountable. Also included are links to other pages covering a broad range of issues relating to voting, instructions on how people can get involved, and a form for complaining about problems encountered in voting.
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Register to Vote
Source: Washington Secretary of State

Guidelines and instructions for registering to vote in the State of Washington and registration forms in several languages.
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Voting Rights
Source: FairVote - The Center for Voting and Democracy

Background information, articles from the press and reports relating to the Voting Rights Act and issues concerning full representation and discrimination in voting. Also included are links to other pages on FairVote's site covering a broad range of voting rights issues.
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Criminal Civil Rights Violation FAQs

This page answers many frequently asked question about criminal civil rights violations (violations of civil rights that are treated as crimes because they involve the use or threat of force).
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Common Sense About Kids and Guns
Source: Common Sense About Kids and Guns

Various information about locking guns, plus multiple articles of unsafe gun use or deaths.
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Guns in the Home
Source: Children's Resource Center

A Children's Resource Center pamphlet on gun safety when children are present.
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Gun Control Links
Source: The History Guy

Multiple links to gun control topics including the 2nd Amendment, Bills, and state laws.
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Americans for Computer Privacy
Source: Americans for Computer Privacy

The Americans for Computer Privacy website contains information on laws concerning cyber privacy, as well as links to the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security's website with regulations concerning encryption codes.
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