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IA Sex Offenders Legally Carrying Guns:  The Associated Press reports over 50 registered sex offenders in Iowa are legally carrying guns, due to a law change made in 2011. IA state law has made it difficult for sheriffs to deny gun permits to registered sex offenders; prior to 2011 sex offenders were frequently denied permission to carry a gun. Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar is concerned that sex offenders may use guns as an intimidation tactic to get victims to cooperate. Maia Christopher of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers argues that if the sexual offense did not involve a gun, the offenders should not be prohibited from access to guns. Rob Burdess, president of the Iowa State Police Association counters, citing sex offenders' propensity for violent behavior.

CA Police Departments Struggle to Deal With Rising Crime Under Realignment: 
According to a report by Beatriz E. Valenzuela of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Pomona Police Chief Dave Keetle is working with police departments in six other Los Angeles County cities to form a task force specifically designed to handle rising crime rates under AB109. Keetle blames realignment and post release community supervision probationers for the criminal upsurge Pomona has experienced recently. 12 people have already been killed in the city this year. Almendra Carpizo of the Oroville Mercury-Register reports Butte County's four police chiefs are working together to deal with the crime experienced in Chico, Gridley, Oroville, and Paradise, also rising significantly under realignment. The departments are collaborating with funding, as they follow a format used in an anti-drunk driving campaign previously. Police will be working overtime, conducting more searches, and targeting gang, drug, property, and sex crimes in the streets. Chico Police Chief Kirk Trostle calls the program a short term solution. The new program's funding will be implemented in July, at the beginning of the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

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