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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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Abbott: Open carry will probably pass
The Texas Tribune
A week after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said there weren't enough votes in the Texas Senate to pass legislation allowing the open carrying of handguns, Gov. Greg Abbott said he thinks such legislation will pass. "I think the votes probably are there for open carry," Abbott said in a radio interview with KFYO's Chad Hasty. "I certainly think that's the way the probability’s leaning right now."
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Handgun shooting drills: Targets and timing
By Chad Thompson
If you've been dry-fire practicing since the first article, you're probably ready for some other drills to work on to see your progress and minimize the tendency to get bored. I now recommend that you either make your own downsized targets or buy some, but you need a series of targets that will simulate what you may encounter at a match, including small metric, classic and steel targets. Get as detailed as you would like because the more realistic the targets, the more comfortable you will be when you see one just like that at a match.
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Bill to restore Second Amendment to Corps land introduced
AmmoLand
Idaho Senator Mike Crapo has introduced legislation to remove federal infringments on second amendment rights from lands controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "The bill seeks to make firearm regulations consistent across federal lands by allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) property," according to a press release.
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DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows
The Associated Press via Fox News
The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency's chief said recently. DEA Administrator Michelle Leonhart said in a statement that the proposal memorialized in an employee's email was only a suggestion, never authorized by her agency and never put into action.
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Is politics stifling innovation in smart gun technology?
GUNS
Smart guns — the topic is more mired in politics and controversy than it is flourishing in innovation and while you still can't buy a gun that works only for its owner, there are companies working on bringing those products to market. Fingerprint scanning for handheld devices is fairly new and the latest iteration can be found in Apple’s iPhone. Georgia-based company Safe Gun Technology uses a similar scanner embedded in its pistol grips to identify a weapon's owner.
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Looking to get published this year?
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of TCHA Weekly Shot, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of TCHA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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A pump shotgun for home defense
American Rifleman
When stuff happens at home — like the ubiquitous bump in the night — what is your first move? Typically, the first bleary notion that enters your head will be something like, "I need to get my gun." You probably think that means your pistol, but is that the best choice? Each person's situation is unique, but there are a number of considerations.
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NSSF: Most commonly owned firearm by women a semiauto pistol
The Sportsman's Guide
A new study commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation revealed the most commonly owned firearm by women is a semiautomatic pistol, with 56 percent of women reporting they owned at least one. Shotguns ranked second with 50 percent of women owning at least one.
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7 great new carry guns for 2015
Handguns Magazine
Each year we see firearm manufacturers doing more with less. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the market for concealed carry guns, where we desire the best possible firearm that takes up the least amount of space. This year is no different, and we've seen a host of new carry guns introduced in 2015 offering shooters a lot of bang without taking up much real estate. In some cases existing models have been reduced in size, and in others entirely new handguns have been developed.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Robbery suspect shot, killed by intended victim in Red Bird area of Dallas (The Dallas Morning News)
As groups police the police, some add guns to the mix (CBS News via KFLY-TV)
Opinion: Gun rights should cross state lines (The Boston Globe)
Retired Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson featured at convention (TCHA)

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