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Court to mull gun rights case

DO AMERICANS have the right to carry a firearm away from home? (Flickr/Don Waddington).

Americans now have the right to keep a firearm at home for self-defense. Do they also have the right to carry that gun in public?

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday will hear arguments on a case from New York which places restrictions on bearing arms away from home.

At issue is a 1913 law making it legal to carry a concealed weapon in public, provided the person has “proper cause” to carry that pistol. Opponents of the law argue that the way “proper cause” is interpreted makes it “effectively impossible” to get a permit or license to carry in public.

Gun control groups counter that – in a time of increasing gun violence – a ruling that liberalizes or abolishes the “proper cause” language would overturn laws in many states and lead to more gun-related crime.

Climate change deal “disappointing”

CLIMATE CHANGE issues were considered at G20 meetings (Shutterstock).

President Joe Biden on Sunday declared that he was “disappointed” by the result of the agreement in Rome by G20 developed nations to limit average global temperatures to 2.7 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

According to United Press International, Biden blamed China and Russia for not “showing any commitment” to fighting climate change. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres had wanted a more aggressive target of 1.5 degrees.

One deal that did win approval from Biden and the U.N. was an agreement to phase out the use of burning coal as an energy source.

Also in the news …

  • Presidential press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Sunday that she had coronavirus. She said she is experiencing mild symptoms and has been vaccinated. She is expected to return to duty after a 10-day quarantine and a “negative” test.

Sports: Stafford leads Rams; Chargers fall to Pats

MATT STAFFORD (Rams photo).

Matthew Stafford threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns as the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Houston Texans 38-22 on the road on Sunday. Darrell Henderson Jr. rushed for 90 yards and caught a touchdown pass. The Rams improved to 7-1, while the Texans fell to 1-7.

The Los Angeles Chargers lost 27-24 to the New England Patriots at SoFi Stadium. The Bolts are now 4-4 and the Pats 4-4. Justin Herbert passed for 223 yards and two scores but was intercepted twice.

Also in Sports …

  • The new AP College Football Top 25 has Georgia (8-0) on top, followed in the leading five by Cincinnati (8-0), Alabama (7-1), Oklahoma (9-0) and Michigan State (8-0).
  • The Houston Astros stayed alive in the 2021 World Series with a come-from-behind 9-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday. The Braves jumped put to a four-run lead in the first inning, but the Astros outscored them nine to one after that. Atlanta still leads three games to two. The sixth game will be played on Tuesday in Houston, and a seventh game – if needed – on Wednesday, also in Houston.

Weather: Clouds move in to OC

For most of the coming week, skies over West Orange County should be cloudy, or at least partly cloudy. The forecast for Monday is cloudy with a daytime high of 72 and an overnight low of 55. Tuesday will see partly cloudy skies with a high of 74 (55). Those conditions – with slightly warmer days – will continue through Friday. Along the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, the daytime highs will start at 68 on Monday and rise gradually rise to73 by Friday.

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