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Next month's conference to feature retired Texas Ranger
TCHA
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.

The TCHA conference hotel rate is good before Feb. 14.
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Dan Patrick: Open carry lacks support 'at this point'
Austin American-Statesman
There are not enough votes in the Texas Senate to pass legislation allowing Texans to openly carry handguns, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said recently. Legalizing open carry is a high priority for many gun-rights advocates, and the issue has drawn supporters to several rallies in the 2-week-old legislative session. But Patrick said other priorities — including tax relief for businesses and property owners, school choice and the state's infrastructure needs — will consume much of the Senate’s attention in the 140-day session.
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Birdwell again files bill for concealed carry of firearms on college campuses
Waco Tribune-Herald
State Sen. Brian Birdwell has once again filed a bill to allow concealed handgun licensed holders to carry their weapons on public college and university campuses in the state. Senate Bill 11 is identical to the campus carry measure Birdwell, R-Granbury, filed during the 2013 legislative session. The previous bill, SB 182, did not advance out of committee before the Legislature concluded its business.
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Texas bill would allow teachers to use deadly force against students
Houston Chronicle via Fox News
A proposed bill would allow teachers in Texas to use deadly force against students and be protected from any kind of prosecution. The Teacher's Protection Act would allow these teachers to use force against students or anyone else on school grounds if they feel threatened. Educators would avoid prosecution for "injury or death that results from the educator's use of deadly force" under the new legislation.
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Tips for maintaining a defensive handgun
American Rifleman
One thing's for sure: Good-quality defensive handguns aren't cheap. The good news is that when properly maintained, they can last for years and years. And maintenance of your defensive handgun should be considered a critical component to your overall defensive plan. Here are some ideas that will get you headed in the right direction and help guarantee that, should you ever be faced with a violent criminal attack, your handgun will function properly.
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FBI confirms that while gun sales are up, violent crime is down
Bearing Arms
Various anti-gun groups claiming that the increased acceptance of firearms in American society is lead to more violent crime and gun accidents. But we know that gun accidents have been steadily declining for decades for both and are now at all-time historical lows — even as firearms ownership in the United States is at an all-time high.
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Kentucky now taking online gun-permit applications
The Courier-Journal
Kentucky gun owners can obtain concealed-carry permits faster under a new online application process that critics view as dangerous but others say pays heed to Second Amendment rights. The process requires state police to either issue or deny a license within 15 days of receiving an electronic application —down from the 60-day processing period allowed for paper applications.
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Increasingly gun-friendly Kansas is on the hunt for makers of firearms
The Kansas City Star
Kansas lawmakers look poised to loosen the state’s gun rules yet again. After already broadening rules about locations where Kansans can go with a firearm in their belt or purse — and challenging local authorities wanting to ban guns in certain places — legislators now want to waive training requirements for the concealed-carry crowd.
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Crimson Trace introducing powerful green laser sight
AmmoLand
If you have a firearm equipped with a accessory mounting rail system and have been seeking a laser sight that’s powerful, compact and easy to operate, then the solution for your search is Crimson Trace’s new Rail Master CMR-206. This newest product, from America’s leading brand of laser sight systems, features a powerful and bright green laser.
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