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Morning Security Brief: Lessons from Storm Debris, Firearms and Domestic Violence, and More

Sherry Harowitz

► A study recently published online by the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society looks at the path taken by blown debris from storms that struck the southeastern United States on April 27, 2011, reports The Washington Post. The goal is to learn lessons that might help warn those in the path of debris in future storms. Lead researcher John Knox, an associate professor of geography at the University of Georgia, explains to the Post that this information could help authorities give early warning to those in the path of toxic biological or radioactive debris sucked up by a tornado, for example.

► Across the United States, The New York Times reports, the “N.R.A. and other gun-rights groups have beaten back legislation mandating the surrender of firearms in domestic violence situations.” The NYT looked at Washington State as an example and studied a database of relevant cases. It found that “In some instances, of course, laws mandating the surrender of firearms might have done nothing to prevent an attack. Sometimes the gun used was not the one cited in the petition. In other cases, no mention of guns was ever made. But in many cases, upon close scrutiny, stricter laws governing protective orders and firearms might very well have made a difference.”

► Reuters reports that "China said on Monday U.S. plans to bolster missile defenses in response to provocations by North Korea would only intensify antagonism, and urged Washington to act prudently."

► Also in the news, "Authorities investigating an apparent suicide discovered weapons and explosive devices in a dorm on the University of Central Florida campus in Orlando early Monday, and hundreds of students were evacuated, though the school said there was no immediate threat," according to The Washington Post. And NJ.com reports that court documents reveal how some sophisticated warehouse heists may have been possible because the thieves somehow gained access to security assessments that revealed the vulnerabilities of the facilities targeted.

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