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postheadericon Tennessee Moves To Decriminalize Suppressors — Because Why Shouldn’t You Protect Your Hearing?

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — Even though the National Hearing Protection Act appears to be on the sidelines for the moment, Tennessee is pushing ahead with its own legislation to allow the possession of suppressors. Tennessee had prior laws on the books which prohibited the possession, transfer, sale, or transportation of suppressors — devices that reduce the noise generated by firearms. A recent bill passed through the Tennessee Senate would eliminate those restrictions.

According to, Senate Bill 921 would not countermand Federal restrictions on the sale, purchase, and transfer of suppressors. It would just remove the state-level restrictions placed in addition to the Federal ones. Tennessee residents would still need to purchase an ATF tax stamp and go through the waiting period like everyone else in the country.

For those hoping for some action on the Federal level in relation to suppressors, short barreled rifles, and similar, it may be awhile. Even members inside the ATF who attempt to report positions on those matters that may deviate from regulations are met with extreme grilling on Capitol Hill.

Suppressors — also sometimes referred to as “silencers” — are tools that are affixed to the barrel of a firearm to reduce the report of the gun. These aren’t ‘Hollywood’ suppressors that make the sound diminish altogether, they just bring down the volume to a level that doesn’t hurt people’s ears as much.

Suppressors have been demonized in popular movies and television as these popular tools that assassins use to make the report of a gun go away. In most cases, suppressors don’t even come close to doing that.

Since the recent administration has come into office, there has been renewed interest in removing the restrictions on suppressors. States may have their own restrictions — such as Tennessee — and then there is the convoluted process to purchase and possess a suppressor. At present, it involves a $ 200 tax stamp and a waiting period that can run into months.

Also, suppressors are treated like guns. Even though a suppressor is incapable of firing a projectile on its own, it is tracked the same way as a gun is tracked. For instance, if you put a suppressor on the end of your FNX-45, the ATF would classify that as two guns instead of one.

Does that make sense? No. No it doesn’t.

But, unfortunately, that’s how guns are treated when the federal government gets involved. Tools that aren’t even capable of firing a ballistic projectile on their own are now classified as a gun when it comes to reporting to the federal government.

Tennessee legislation isn’t going to fix any of that, sadly. That will require reform on the federal level. In the meantime, I’d expect to see a great deal of suppressors arriving on the shelves of Tennessee gun stores once SB 921 becomes law.

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postheadericon Four Mortal Kombat moves cybercriminals use to attack your security

Some of the tricks employed by the characters in the Mortal Kombat series aren’t a million miles away from those deployed by cybercriminals…

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postheadericon BNSF Railway Co. moves its mobile workforce to the cloud

REDMOND, Wash. — Nov . 6 , 2013 — BNSF Railway Co., one of the oldest and largest freight railroad networks in North America, has selected Microsoft Office 365 to enable over 40,000 workers to share ideas and information via computers, kiosks and personal devices. BNSF chose Microsoft Office 365 as part of its Railroad 2020 vision for modernizing the user productivity portfolio at BNSF. The company looked at other offerings, but employees at BNSF preferred the familiar Office experience and the company wanted to capitalize on what people know and already use. Office was also chosen because of its interoperability with critical line-of-business applications such as SharePoint, and because of its ability to enable greater collaboration across geographically dispersed workers. Employees had organically started using Yammer as a communication tool, so BNSF plans to roll out Yammer Enterprise, the leading provider of enterprise social networks, to support this collaboration trend throughout the company.

“Whether it’s in locomotives, detectors along the side of the track, geometry cars or our vast telecommunications infrastructure to support the railroad, we rely on technology to operate our railroad and ensure delivery of our customers’ freight,” said Jo-ann Olsovsky, vice president and chief information officer, BNSF. “Due to the nature of our business, the majority of our employees are outdoors in the field, so supporting their mobility with access to leading productivity and communications tools is critical to our success. By using tools such as Office 365 and Yammer Enterprise, we will be able to connect our employees to each other and the information they need to be successful.”

BNSF was seeking ways to improve efficiency in its delivery and support of email, calendaring and collaboration software while leveraging new functionality. BNSF began implementing Phase I of its Office 365 and Exchange Online deployment in October to more than 40,000 users and expects to have Lync, email and calendaring services fully deployed by early November. Subsequent phases will include deployment of other services such as SharePoint Online and Yammer Enterprise.

BNSF’s strategic technology road map, Railroad 2020, calls for modernizing the underlying technology infrastructure and improving communications across the organization and externally. Office 365 is a natural fit for Railroad 2020 by providing BNSF employees with the familiar Microsoft Office experience. Office 365 is an always up-to-date cloud service that supports today’s bring-your-own-device initiatives and offers mobile employees the flexibility they need.

Employees are already benefiting from the new communication and collaboration platform. The cloud allows employees to store folders and files for easy access from virtually any device, and the integrated communications capabilities provides employees with voice mail and message transcripts directly from their inboxes, enabling faster response times from the office or the field. Employees who are not issued PCs, such as train crews and field maintenance workers, are able to access email and storage offerings from shared computers or their own personal devices.

“As a railroad, we have so many systems that we have to write from scratch because you can’t always buy an off-the-shelf system to move to trains; we typically have to write rail-unique systems,” Olsovsky said. “I’d much rather our team focus on support and development of those mission-critical operational systems rather than on our messaging platform. If we have an expert — like we do in Microsoft — that can ensure highly available messaging and collaboration tools, it just makes it all the better and enables my team to focus on the operational systems.”

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