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TCHA announces plans for 2015 convention
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The Texas Concealed Handgun Association Board of Directors is proud to announce plans for the 18th annual conference, March 6-8, 2015 at the YO Ranch Resort in Kerrville. TCHA is continuing to offer education during the eighteenth Annual Conference. We will offer continuing education to instructors and non-instructors alike. Our keynote speaker is retired Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson. He will highlight the Saturday evening banquet.
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Texas legislature possibly considering changes to concealed weapon law
KGNS-TV
VideoBrief The Texas legislature will be considering changes that would let gun owners carry a weapon in plain view, without a permit. For years supporters of open-carry gun laws have pleaded with lawmakers to allow Texans to carry their guns openly, but a debate and divide still exist.
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Armed citizen saves woman from beating, holds attacker at gunpoint
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A man who witnessed a woman being beaten in a car in Southlake recently decided to take a stand against her attacker, holding him at gunpoint until authorities arrived and arrested him, and at least one witness captured part of the confrontation on video.
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Why most Americans oppose more gun control
Fox News
A new Pew Research Center survey finds that, for the first time in their surveys, the majority of Americans oppose more gun control. Gallup and CNN polls tell a similar story. Opposition to gun control has been increasing over at least the last couple of decades.
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Commentary: Most armed robbers are reluctant to shoot
Ammoland
A recent attempted armed robbery in Houston illustrates the fact that most armed robbers are reluctant to shoot, and reluctant to kill their victims. In this case the robber grabs the store owner through a small opening in a bullet proof enclosure and points a gun at him while demanding money. The wife also grabs the store owner and a tug-a-war ensues.
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Security checks turning up more guns and knives
Philadelphia Inquirer via The Detroit News
The federal Transportation Security Administration caught more people in 2014 trying to slip firearms, knives, grenades and even swords through security screening checkpoints than in any year in the last decade, according to agency statistics. As of Dec. 25, TSA agents had retrieved 2,164 guns from carry-ons, purses and coat pockets — a nearly 20 percent increase over last year. In fact, the number of weapons agents have seized has increased every year since 2007.
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Fight on guns is being taken to state ballots
The New York Times
The gun control movement, blocked in Congress and facing mounting losses in federal elections, is tweaking its name, refining its goals and using the same-sex marriage movement as a model to take the fight to voters on the state level. After a victory in November on a Washington State ballot measure that will require broader background checks on gun buyers, groups that promote gun regulations have turned away from Washington and the political races that have been largely futile. Instead, they are turning their attention — and their growing wallets — to other states that allow ballot measures.
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Tensions mount as Texas open carry advocates patrol the police
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Relations between an open carry group and the local police department have become increasingly taut after two of the group's members were arrested recentl while "cop watching" in Arlington. Cop watching, as the name implies, is when an individual or group — oftentimes armed — observes and sometimes records officers during community relations to ensure that they are acting appropriately and not in violations of anyone’s rights.
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