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TCHA's 16th Annual Convention
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The Texas Concealed Handgun Association Board of Directors is proud to announce plans for the 16th Annual Conference, March 1-3 at the YO Ranch Resort in Kerrsville. TCHA is introducing a new and exciting element to the 16th 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. Four ninety-minute courses will be offered. More

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Piers Morgan brings gun-control crusade to Texas
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A Katy gun store and shooting range provided the setting for a recent episode of CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," which featured Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, State Sen. Dan Patrick and rocker and National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent. Since December's Newtown, Conn., massacre in which the shooter killed 20 children, six school employees, his mother and himself, the cable program has been engaging in the debate over firearms with "Guns in America" shows. More

Texas teen fears ban on military-style assault weapons
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VideoBrief A Texas teen hopes congress doesn't ban military assault weapons. Madison Butler got her first gun at the age of four. She practices at the Central Texas Rifle and Pistol Club in China Spring. "Once she got to the expert level, a man saw her shooting and said you should get her into shooting the AR-15s," Sara Leatherman, Butler's mother, said. Butler began shooting with an AR-15 and soon started competing in competitive shooting. She is one of the youngest to compete in the high power rifle division. More

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Gun control: Founding Fathers vs. today's lawmakers
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Within hours of the Jan. 8, 2011, mass shooting in Tucson, Ariz., that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the local sheriff blamed the state's lenient gun laws. "I have never been a proponent of letting everybody in the state carry weapons under any circumstances that they want — and that's almost where we are," complained Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. "I think we're the Tombstone of the United States of America." Dupnik would prove to have a knack for intemperate remarks and this one was historically inaccurate, but the frustration of law enforcement officials in the urban areas of his state was genuine. More

Obama takes gun control push to law enforcement, American people
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President Barack Obama, taking his first trip outside Washington to rally support for new gun measures, stood alongside dozens of uniformed police officers as he delivered a forceful defense of mandatory background checks for all gun buyers. Obama also touted his proposed bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines during a speech at the Minneapolis Police Department's Special Operations Center, signaling his intent to keep pushing for several major policy changes in Congress. More

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Lawmakers need to attack cause of gun violence
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Glen Dodson, a contributing writer, says: "There has been a lot written in the recent weeks regarding guns and gun laws, etc. I decided it was my turn to put in my two cents worth. When I was 10 years old, my dad began teaching me how to shoot a .22 caliber rifle. At age 12, he gave me a .410 gauge shotgun for Christmas. We were taught to respect guns. We were taught to respect life. We were taught to only shoot animals or birds for food and not for fun. We were taught to respect people and people’s property. We were taught to respect the family name and not do anything to dishonor it. Most of all we were taught to respect our parents and respect and fear God." More

Massachusetts, Connecticut bills would require gun liability insurance
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Massachusetts and Connecticut lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require state gun owners to purchase firearms liability insurance. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, the bills are the first to propose imposing a mandatory liability insurance requirement on gun owners since a similar measure failed in Illinois in 2009. More

10 rounds are good — Unless your attacker has 15
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As gun grabbers continue to push for a ban on magazines that hold more 10 rounds, one question begs to be answered ... what are law abiding citizens with 10 rounds to do when attacked by criminals with 15, 20 or even 30 rounds? Are they to lie down and say uncle? Are they to hand over their wallet and their car keys and beg for mercy? This is not hyperbole. President Barack Obama traveled to Minneapolis to say magazines that hold more than 10 rounds ought to be banned. He stood in front of row after row of police officers and described magazines that hold more than 10 rounds as "weapons of war." More

Colorado Democrats want gun manufacturers held liable for crimes committed with their guns
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The owners and makers of assault-style weapons could soon be held legally liable in Colorado for crimes committed with their guns, if sponsors of a new gun-control package have their way. State Democrats unveiled the broad package of measures, joined by gun violence survivors from the Columbine, Aurora and Sandy Hook shootings. The eight bills detailed at a press conference tackle gun control as well as mental health issues tied to gun violence. Among them are measures to put universal background checks in place for private gun sales and a bill to ban sales of high-capacity ammunition magazines. But getting the most attention is the gun manufacturer-liability measure. More

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US gun owners outnumbered hunters by 5-to-1 in 2011
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In 2011, gun owners in the United States outnumbered hunters by 5-to-1. There were 13.7 million hunters in the United States over age 16 — 12.7 million of whom used rifles, shotguns or handguns for hunting, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That means hunters constituted only 15.9 to 18.1 percent of the estimated 70-80 million gun owners in the U.S. in 2011 — the latest year for which statistics are available. More

Moving with a carbine
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Movement should be a critical part of any defensive plan. However, some serious thought should go into the techniques used when moving and shooting a carbine or, in fact, any defensive firearm. The problem is that we train on a square range, which is usually nice and flat and devoid of any obstacles that can trip us up. In the real world, we have to deal with uneven ground surfaces that can be strewn with all sorts of objects that can get in our way. For this reason, some thought should be devoted as to how we can move effectively and quickly. More

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