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Retired Texas Ranger in spotlight at this week's conference
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.
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Texas tax holidays proposed for guns and ammo
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, proposes creating two new sales tax holidays — at the beginning of dove- and deer-hunting seasons — for those buying firearms, ammunition and hunting equipment. the bill, he said, "recognizes that hunting is a time-honored tradition in Texas and looks to give tax relief to the sportsmen and women who continue one of our most cherished pastimes."
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Poll: Majority not in favor of looser gun laws in Texas
Houston Chronicle
While the GOP-dominated state Legislature has all but accepted less restrictive gun bills such as campus and open carry will pass this session, new polling results show the majority of Republicans surveyed favor maintaining the status quo when it comes to firearms laws. Of the roughly 1,200 registered voters polled, 52 percent of those identifying as Republicans favored leaving the Lone Star State's gun laws as they are. Of those identifying as "strong Republican," 54 percent said they wanted to leave the law as is.
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How to make clay target shooting as easy as telling time
By Irwin Greenstein
There's an insider's trick to shooting clay targets that can make the sport easier than you think. It involves your ability to tell time on a clock face. Any clays-shooting instructor will tell you that the most important aspect of the sport is focusing on the target. Without 100 percent target focus, your eyes will likely jump back to the barrel of the gun and during that momentary lapse the target is racing away and you're playing catch-up — increasing your chances of a miss.
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Open carry on campus could cost colleges millions
Houston Chronicle via Longview News-Journal
Allowing concealed handgun license holders to tote pistols on college campuses could cost tens of millions of dollars, a burden that could be ultimately passed on to students or siphoned away from education and research programs at Texas universities. According to fiscal analyses drawn up by Texas’ higher education systems and obtained by the Houston Chronicle, so-called campus carry would cost the University of Texas and University of Houston systems nearly $47 million combined over six years to update security systems, build gun storage facilities and bolster campus police units.
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12 steps to long-range accuracy
Gun Digest
Perhaps no feat better epitomizes the marriage of precision firearms technology and marksmanship ability than long-range shooting. But it takes more than just a suitable caliber, a quality rifle, a top-shelf optic and a steady trigger finger. Every one of those components must work together like a finely tuned instrument in the hands of a skilled musician.
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Women changing the culture of gun ranges
KSWB-TV
VideoBrief For a long time the sport of shooting was predominantly a man's world. But over the last few years, more and more women are taking aim and changing the culture of the shooting range. With more women wanting to learn self-defense and gun ranges even becoming a date night hot spot, the very feel of shooting ranges are evolving.
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'Some closure' for family of 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle
CBS News
VideoBrief There is "some closure" for the families of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, after Eddie Ray Routh was sentenced to life in prison for the 2013 murder of their loved ones. "I think it's still early," Chris' younger brother Jeff Kyle said. "It hasn't quite set in just yet ... but it definitely helps. And I think it will put an end to a chapter in our lives."
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Lawmakers call for guns on college campuses to prevent rape
PBS
Legislators in 10 states are sponsoring bills that would allow concealed guns on college campuses. But gun control activists say the bills are more pro-gun than anti-rape.
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Hot new ammo for 2015
Shooting Times
New firearms get a lot of the glory when it comes to media attention at the SHOT Show, but without great ammo to feed them, they're nothing more than glorified safe queens. Although 2015 has been another great year for new firearms, it's also been excellent in terms of the new ammo introduced. Whether it's a new self-defense round, turkey load or dedicated hunting cartridge, ammunition manufacturers are incorporating new technology to make ammo more effective.
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Gun rights groups await judge's ruling on California's 'microstamping' law
Fox News
California's gun laws are among the nation's strictest, but a looming decision in a federal lawsuit could effectively ban handguns altogether in the Golden State, according to plaintiffs who want a judge to toss out a state law requiring all new handguns to be equipped with technology that "stamps" each shell casing with a traceable mark. The problem with the “microstamping” law, which was signed into law by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 but only took effect in 2013, is that it relies on an unworkable technology, according to gun manufacturers and attorneys.
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