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Texas' 'Castle Doctrine' law protects our citizens
San Antonio Express-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
From State Sen. Jeff Wentworth: Since the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida, gun laws have been the subject of heated national debate. Texas has a "Castle Doctrine" law, Senate Bill 378, which I wrote and the Texas Legislature passed in 2007. Twenty-seven of my fellow Texas state senators signed on as co-authors of the bill. The "Castle Doctrine" comes from the common law principle that people's homes are their castles, and they have the right to defend themselves from criminal intruders. More

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America's interest in firearms keeps growing
Gun Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Does this sound familiar? The March 2012 National Shooting Sports Foundation's adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System figure of 1,189,152 was an increase of 20 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 990,840 in March 2011. You should have heard or read something similar before, considering that this newest NICS update represented the 22nd straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased. More

Firearms industry a bright spot in national economy
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Did you know the shooting industry is helping to lead the nation's economic recovery? An NSSF report issued recently indicates that double-digit gains in jobs and other data show the industry has been a leader in the nation's economic recovery and is one of the bright spots in otherwise troubled times. More

Gun rights are fundamental
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From Chris W. Cox: "As a seventh generation Tennessean, Tennessee property owner and graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, the legislative battle over keeping locked firearms in vehicles on company property hits home with me. So I was particularly disappointed to read journalism professor Otis L. Sanford's anti-Second Amendment rant on this topic." More

Choosing a good gun holster
The Gunmag    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
R.K. Campbell: "Not long ago a deal was struck with my friend Tommy and money exchanged hands for a rather nice Smith & Wesson Model 12. Tommy said, "Hold on a second, I have a holster that I might as well throw in with the deal." I thought he was rummaging through his foot locker but when the holster was presented it looked like it was dug out of the dump. The holster staked a claim on leather construction but it looked more like cardboard. The Model 12 .38 Special slipped into the holster like my wife's dainty foot into a size 12 brogan. The holster's grip on the long bearing surfaces was non-existent. There was enough lateral play to convince the user he had placed a rat in a skunk hole." More

New fashion wrinkle: Stylishly hiding the gun
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Woolrich, a 182-year-old clothing company, describes its new chino pants as an elegant and sturdy fashion statement, with a clean profile and fabric that provides comfort and flexibility. And they are great for hiding a handgun. The company has added a second pocket behind the traditional front pocket for a weapon. Or, for those who prefer to pack their gun in a holster, it can be tucked inside the stretchable waistband. The back pockets are also designed to help hide accessories, like a knife and a flashlight. More

Student arrested after shots fired on Texas Southern University campus
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A 21-year-old is in custody after allegedly bringing a firearm to Texas Southern University's campus and firing several shots into the air, court records show. Dontelly Dickerson is accused of exhibition of firearms for the incident on campus on April 17, according to court documents from the Harris County District Court. The TSU campus police also charged the suspect with aggravated assault. The suspect, a Houston Community College student, allegedly brought a semi-automatic handgun with ammunition onto the campus during a disturbance in a parking lot. More

Learning to live in the well-armed state of Washington
The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
First in Washington an 8-year-old in Bremerton was nearly killed when a gun in her classmate's backpack went off. Next, kids in Pierce and Snohomish counties were killed by guns left behind in cars. Then the 10-year-old daughter of a Spokane cop shot herself in the leg with his service weapon. All were accidents, all leading to pointless injuries or death to kids. The victims were so young and innocent. It made the past few months the worst run of publicity for guns, and the idea of home gun ownership, in years. Even gun-rights advocates braced for some sort of backlash. Yet the opposite is happening. More

Virtual training could save officers' lives
The Union    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jeff Ackerman: "The guy with the shotgun was easy. I shot him twice before he had a chance to turn it on me, or on the woman he had pinned inside his living room. I yelled at him through the front window to drop his weapon, but he whirled to face me and I fired through the glass, hitting him in the neck and head. I felt a little vindicated after failing to notice that a woman I had pulled over earlier that morning had a large handgun tucked inside her driver's door and well within her reach. "Didn't you see the gun?" the police supervisor later wondered. "Nope," I sheepishly replied. "Never saw it." More

Hunters ask for protection from environmentalists
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The U.S. House of Representatives plans to consider the "Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012," a package of bills intended to benefit hunters and anglers. The bill seeks to open additional federal land for hunting, allows polar bear trophies to be imported from Canada, and removes the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate lead in ammunition. The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, a pro-hunting lobby, asked foundation supporters, "Help us overcome the obstacles facing sportsmen and women and further the sporting tradition so that it can be handed down for generations to come." The CSF is characterizing the omnibus bill as "essential to recognizing the importance of, and facilitating the expansion and enhancement of, hunting and recreational fishing and shooting." More

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