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New law allows for guns on buses in Tennessee

Tennessee remains one of the states with the highest number of gun-related crimes, but the state has again made it easier to take guns to more places. Cities in the state are now adjusting to laws that allow for guns in bus stations and on buses themselves. Right now, the cities going through gun-law changes include Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Memphis.

The law took effect on July 1. Nashville's bus hubs had to change the code of conduct. Previously, all weapons were banned. Now, only unauthorized weapons are banned. Interestingly, there is no mention of the new law at the stations. This could be because some of the cities don't agree with the change in legislation.

Are violent acts and substance abuse linked?

Intimate partner violence sometimes happens in conjunction with substance abuse or addiction. It makes sense, because when you're addicted to drugs or alcohol, they cloud your judgment. Intimate partner violence is a serious concern to the public, and it has the potential to disrupt both families and communities.

An interesting fact about those who commit violent acts against their partners is that 20 percent of all men admit that they were using alcohol or illicit drugs prior to the incident. Victims may also report that the people who attacked them were using alcohol or drugs prior to the violent acts.

Sobriety checkpoints to ensnare drivers in Tennessee

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will have several sobriety checkpoints in Tennessee over the Fourth of July holiday. The goal is to make the holiday as safe as possible for those visiting the state and those who are residents already.

The agency used predictive technology to determine where the sobriety checkpoints would be most helpful over the holiday. The analysis shows where there is a high risk of alcohol-related crashes, fatal crashes and injury crashes.

These 3 techniques identify guns and ammo at crime scenes

If you're accused of a gun crime, one of the things you may be interested in is knowing how the gun was linked to the crime scene. Since there are multiple ways to link guns to crime scenes, it's vital that the prosecution is able to show how your weapon got there.

If it's not easy to prove that your gun was at a crime scene, then there may not be enough evidence against you to pursue the charge. There are at least six ways to link guns and their ammo to the crime scene. Here are three to know about.

Fentanyl: Dangerous and potentially deadly

Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid. It is used to manage pain, which is why it's often seen in operating rooms and used with anesthesia. Fentanyl is extremely dangerous, though, and with illicit use, it has the potential to lead to overdoses and death.

Sometimes, this drug is mixed with others, like heroin or marijuana, which can create a deadly combination. Those who manufacture drugs don't necessarily manufacture each mixture the same, and that means that when one pill may be safe, another may be deadly.

What happens after domestic violence accusations in Tennessee?

Domestic violence harms a victim, his or her family, friends and others. Its impact can be felt in many ways, from the stress of the danger the victim faces to the impact on a community. Domestic violence isn't just physical, though that is one of the types most obvious to others.

Domestic violence is illegal, and that means that if you're accused, you can face losing your rights to your children, your home and other things in your life. You could be facing time in prison and may need a very strong defense to prevent yourself from facing heavy fines and penalties.

What happens if you're convicted of drunk driving in Tennessee?

In Tennessee, being charged with a DUI can threaten to change your life forever. If you're driving dangerously, a police officer can pull you over and request a breath sample. The state implied consent law allows the police to determine your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) on request.

In 2012, the no-refusal law was passed. This means that officials can seek out search warrants if they believe that you are intoxicated. That warrant gives them the right to take your blood for the purposes of determining your BAC.

Gun crimes: Study shows advocates have the right idea

Guns get a bad reputation in the United States due to the actions of a few. Gun crimes are incredibly dangerous, but they're often not a result of people owning guns legally, according to a new study. According to an analysis by the University of Pittsburgh, lawful gun owners actually commit less than a fifth of all gun crimes that take place in the U.S.

The study looked at the guns collected by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to trace where the firearms used in crimes in 2008 came from. In 79 percent of the cases, the perpetrator was carrying a gun owned by another party. In 3 percent of cases, it's unknown where the gun was from. In 18 percent of cases, the gun was legally owned by the perpetrator.

Methamphetamine: What you need to know in Tennessee

As someone accused of using or creating methamphetamine, it's important to know the facts about the drug in your state. How the state approaches drugs has an influence on the kinds of charges and penalties you face.

One of the things Tennessee's authorities have aimed to do is to reduce the number of methamphetamine labs in the state. Here are a few common questions about the labs:

Your rights when the Department of Children's Services arrives

If you're accused of domestic assault or violence, the Department of Children's Services (DCS) may come to your home. What rights do you have if this happens?

If someone has reported abuse or neglect, DCS must investigate the claim by law, even if it's obviously false. The investigator should tell you your rights on arrival and share the information they have on the allegations you face. At that point, you may wish to speak with your attorney, because there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

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