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TCHA 17th Annual Convention coming to Kerrville in February
The Texas Concealed Handgun Association Board of Directors is proud to announce plans for the 17th Annual Conference, Feb. 28 to March 2 at the YO Ranch Resort. TCHA is continuing to offer education during the seventeenth Annual Conference. We will offer continuing education to instructors and noninstructors alike. This is the start of a program designed to improve the knowledge and skills of CHL holders. The goal of this program is to set a standard of excellence that may become the normal requirement within the CHL community. Several courses will be offered.
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NRA backs Cornyn; GOA supports Stockman in Senate race
The Dallas Morning News
The National Rifle Association is backing Republican Sen. John Cornyn in his re-election bid, giving ardently pro-gun challenger Rep. Steve Stockman a setback. Cornyn has a seemingly unassailable A+ rating from the gun rights group. Stockman has been endorsed by Gun Owners of America, another prominent national gun group. The group points to a number of pro-gun bills Stockman has introduced in the House, including bills seeking to eliminate federal gun-free zones around schools and military bases so that those on site could carry firearms to protect themselves and others from shooters.
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New Texas gun law leads to CHL backlog
On Sept. 1, changes went into effect that made it easier for people to get their concealed handgun licenses in Texas but it also created a backlog of applications for the Texas Department of Public Safety. Travis Eddy is adamant about his fiance Molly Dwinell getting her CHL. "After doing it I'm really glad after the course. As a girl you feel vulnerable so I'm really glad I can carry it on me at all times now," Dwinell said. Eddy says even after passing the course it'll be months before he gets his CHL in the mail.
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Gun show at Travis County Expo Center will be no more
Austin American-Statesman
Travis County won't be hosting a gun show in its Exposition Center after county commissioners did not renew a lease for the controversial event. Saxet Gun Shows has been hosting the nearly monthly show at the Expo Center since 2010 and had been negotiating a new contract for eight shows from March to January 2015, but got nowhere as county officials wanted the company to require background checks for all firearm sales. The company refused to require background checks for all transactions, and neither side has budged in the weeks of discussions, officials said.
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Texas man arrested after handgun seized at border
Beacon News
Julian Christopher Darling, a 23-year-old man from Harker Heights, Texas, is facing a number of charges after he allegedly attempted to carry a loaded handgun across the border at Coutts, Alberta. On Jan. 3, Canada Border Services Agency officers searched a vehicle and allegedly found a concealed 9 mm handgun that was loaded with six rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.
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Groups hold dueling gun buybacks in Dallas
Fort Worth Star Telegram
The goal was to get at least one. But organizers of a recent gun buyback in Dallas say they bought more than a dozen guns from people who wanted them out of their homes. As the church worked to buy guns so they could be destroyed, members of the Come and Take It Texas gun-rights group tried to buy firearms at the same site — so they could be put back into circulation.
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Magpul vows to continue fight against gun laws despite relocating
Northern Colorado Gazette
A leading manufacturer of firearms accessories has followed through on its vow to relocate from Colorado after the state passed some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. Magpul Industries will be moving its business to Texas and Wyoming, which will cost the state more than $85 million in lost revenue as well as the loss of up to 400 jobs.
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Father contemplates Texas gun laws on anniversary of son's death
The Dallas Morning News
On New Year's Eve in 2010, Charlie Ciotta called his son a few hours before midnight to wish him an early happy new year. They talked about safety, and the 29-year-old promised he wouldn't drink and drive. Just hours later, Joshua Brown was dead — but not because of what his father feared. The Texas Tech student was relaxing on the couch after a night of drinking alcohol and celebrating the holiday with friends when one of them accidentally discharged a gun that was allegedly left loaded and unsecured in the home.
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Second Amendment debate continues in Harlingen
Valley Central
The debate around the Second Amendment has returned to the City of Harlingen. Police officers arrested a gun rights activist at a demonstration back in December. But recently, dozens of them rallied outside the Harlingen Police Department. "I'm standing up for second amendment rights and for my Texas right to open carry," said participant Angela L. Peña.
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Gun rights debaters analyze mall incident, open-carry event
Beaumont Enterprise
A gun store owner who was arrested recently was within his rights when he walked through Parkdale Mall with a rifle over his shoulder but was unlikely to get away with it, said a prominent firearms activist with concerns about Texas' gun laws. Mike Stollenwerk, a founding member of the website, said he isn't sure what Derek Poe could have done to convey to the mall's patrons that he wasn't there to cause harm.
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