Categories: News 20Feb Bills protect firearms owner privacy Firearms owners’ private information would be shielded from Freedom of Information Act requests under legislation currently being considered in the Michigan House.State Rep. Ed McBroom was among six legislators giving testimony today to the House Judiciary Committee on House Bills 4155 and 5324-5329. McBroom is the sponsor of HB 5326, which addresses bar or tavern owners and employees with concealed pistols on the premises, as well as adding National Guard and armed forces reserves members to the license exemption list.“Exempting firearms records from the FOIA rules protects gun owners from criminals looking to steal, as well as from potential harassment of their Second Amendment rights,” said McBroom, R-Vulcan. “So many other forms of private information are protected in this day and age of identity theft concerns that eliminating these records as a possible source is a way to support law-abiding citizens by ensuring their privacy and safety.”The testimony today included instances in states, such as New York, that have allowed private information contained in these firearm registries to be published, which put gun owners and the public at risk.The bills remain under consideration by the House committee.
Consumer electronics accessory manufacturer Hama and smart TV specialist Foxxum have team up to strengthen their position in the international smart TV business.Foxxum will be responsible for the development of a smart TV portal solution and for support and marketing. Hama, which produces a wide range of accessories for multimedia products, photographic equipment, consumer electronics and telecommunications equipment, will enhance its multimedia offerings with smart TV and over-the-the top solutions and get its product lines ready for the next generation of TVs, according to the pair.“Smart TV offerings are the perfect accessory for the future of our multimedia devices. Foxxum is one of the main pioneers in the Smart TV technology sector, which combined with their professionalism and strong experience in the field make them perfectly qualified to advise us as to the commercial marketing of the Smart TV portal solution. We are confident that by efficiently combining the strengths of our two firms, we will create excellent new accessory products that will allow us to exploit new, lucrative revenue possibilities,” said Hama’s senior product manager Armin Walter.
Industry veterans Harry E. Sloan and Jeff Sagansky are launching a new company, Silver Eagle Acquisition Corp, on the back of a US$250 million (€145 million) initial public offering.The pair has formed the company two years after they raised US$190 million for their Global Eagle Acquisition imprint, which is sponsoring the new venture.The IPO comprises an offer of 25 million shares at US$10 per share, with underwriters given a 45-day option to purchase up to 3.75 million more.Each unit will consists of common unit of common stock and one warrant to purchase one half of one share of common stock for US$5.75.New York-based Deutsche Bank Securities is acting as sole book runner.The cash will primarily be used to acquire companies in the media and entertainment businesses.Former MGM chairman Sloan (above) and former CBS president Sagansky’s Global Eagle has made investments such as acquiring in-flight entertainment firms Row 44 and Advanced Inflight Alliance for a combined total of around US$430 million. Global Eagle rebranded as Global Entertainment following the deals.