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Tribal dispute prompts judge to ban casino guns

CORNING, Calif. (AP) -- Citing a potential threat to public safety, a federal judge has banned guns from a Northern California Native American casino that's at the center of a tense tribal dispute.

U.S. District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller imposed a temporary restraining order on the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians prohibiting warring factions from deploying armed guards or bringing firearms within 100 yards of the tribe's Rolling Hills Casino in Corning.

The Sacramento Bee reports Friday (http://bit.ly/TdGAIw) the weapons ban extends to tribal properties around the casino, including nearby hotels and an RV park.

Mueller stopped short of closing the $100 million-a-year casino, as one faction had requested, until the battle over who controls the tribe and its resources is resolved.

The tensions began in April when the tribe's general council voted to remove more than 70 members from the tribe's rolls.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com

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