The legislation would prohibit Americans convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes from obtaining guns.
Juan Thompson, a former journalist arrested for allegedly making bomb threats against a number of Jewish schools and community centers, pleaded "not guilty" in New York.
Waves of threats against U.S. Jewish groups have been followed within hours by similar but smaller waves against Jewish organizations, mainly schools.
Sources in the transgender community in Saudi Arabia had told Trans Action Pakistan the two Pakistani women were packed in sacks by police and then beaten to death with sticks.
Thompson once wrote for "The Intercept," which later said it had "discovered a pattern of deception" in his work.
Hate groups are flourishing in liberal California, fueled in part by Donald Trump's election. But the Golden State is no stranger to separatism, bias incidents and extremism.
The threats, all of which appeared to be hoaxes, were received in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Vandals knocked over more than 500 tombstones at Mount Carmel Cemetery, days after a similar incident occurred at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis.
"Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you," the accused allegedly said to the victim.
Jury condemns white supremacist Dylann Roof to death for the hate-fueled killings of nine black parishioners at a Bible study meeting in a Charleston, South Carolina, church in 2015.
Roof, a 22-year-old white supremacist who is representing himself, did not ask the jury to spare his life for the 2015 massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.
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Judge said he would hold a second competency hearing "in an abundance of caution" after Roof's standby lawyers filed a motion about his mental fitness to stand trial.
Seweid faces two misdemeanor charges after admitting to lying about a hate crime.
Dylann Roof guilty of federal hate crimes resulting in the deaths of nine black parishioners.
California is where the largest number of hate incidents have been reported.