Gun-rights groups filed suit against Seattle's gun and ammo tax, but the tax was upheld. On January 4, the plaintiffs sent the lawsuit to a state Court of Appeals for review. A decision is expected by late summer or early fall.

Seven state legislators from Arizona have called upon the attorneys general of the states of Arizona and Nevada to bring legal action against Oregon and federal law-enforcement officials and prosecutors, as well as against the FBI, over the shooting death of Arizona rancher Lavoy Finicum.

The Illinois state legislature unanimously passed a ban on the unwarranted use of Stingray surveillance.

Drones on loan from a handful of agencies can now be flown nationwide.

Senators Ron Wyden and Rand Paul are trying to block the Justice Department from easing restrictions on surveillance programs.

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