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Urgent alert for all Texas concealed handgun instructors
For the past several weeks rumors have been circulating regarding training standards for concealed handgun instructors in Texas. Following a meeting with personnel at the Department of Public Safety, we are now able to give out accurate information regarding these rumors. Under the standards laid out in Government Code Chapter 411 a certified concealed handgun instructor must also maintain a certification under one of the following provisions.
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Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward
The Hill
President Obama is quietly moving forward on gun control. The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership. The executive steps will give federal law enforcement officials access to more data about guns and their owners, help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill and lay the groundwork for future legislative efforts.
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Hunters seek to boycott Colorado over gun laws
The Associated Press via WVIR-TV
Hunters across the country say they are boycotting Colorado because of recent legislation meant to curtail gun violence. Colorado became the first Western state to ratchet back gun rights in response to mass shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater and an elementary school in Connecticut.
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Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz will filibuster gun control bill
Three republicans sent a letter to Senate House Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., telling him that they "will oppose the motion to proceed" any bill that subverts the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R-Utah, drafted the letter that didn't explicitly use the word "filibuster" but was, nevertheless, clearly threatening one.
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Gun control advocates struggle to win some Senate Democrats on expanding background checks
The Washington Post
Gun control supporters are struggling to win over moderate Democrats in their drive to push expanded background checks for firearms purchasers through the Senate in April. Backed by a $12 million TV advertising campaign financed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, gun control groups scheduled rallies around the country aimed at pressuring senators to back the effort.
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The importance of firearms training
American Rifleman
The type of training you should attend, and how much, is dictated by your anticipated use of the firearm. Sporting purposes — plinking at the range, target shooting, hunting or competition — require you to know how to operate the firearm safely and efficiently. For defensive purposes there is a completely different skill set required. Keeping an intruder from coming down your hallway from behind cover is one thing. Someone who carries a firearm for self-defense may face situations that call for a different skill set. Armed professionals require additional knowledge particular to the job.
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New gun laws could mean economic woes for booming gun industry
The Daily Caller
As lawmakers consider a range of new restrictions on guns, the gun industry is growing nervous that its exceptional success during the "Great Recession" could be coming to an end. In the past four years, the gun industry has experienced an unprecedented level of growth, providing a rare boost to the ailing economy. But now, with states like New York and Colorado passing some of the strictest gun laws in decades — and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid poised to bring a sweeping new gun control measure to the Senate floor — worries are growing about the widespread impact such gun laws could have on business.
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The 1911: Not Just a .45
American Rifleman
There were an even dozen calibers chambered in the M1911 pistol by Colt's Mfg. in Hartford, Conn. At the outset, understand that we will deal exclusively with the products of the original developer/manufacturer — Colt. There are also several wildcat cartridges (.38-45, .460 Rowland, .45 Super, .38 Casull) that can be made to work in the original M1911 platform. Since they were not legitimized as original Colt factory chamberings, they won't be included in this discussion. Also understand that only M1911 pistols and their immediate derivatives — Commanders, Officer's Models, Defenders, CCOs and the like are included.
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Reloads or factory?
Gun Digest
Corey Graff, a columnist for Gun Digest, writes: "Writing this basic primer on reloading recently forced me to think critically about my own exploits into handloading. I don't reload as much as I used to, thanks to limited free time, but equally at fault is the fact that factory ammo has become so good. This is especially true when it comes to match-grade ammo. One benefit of reloading precision rifle ammunition is the ability to customize loads for your rifle. Benchrest shooters are renown for this level of exactness. They'll weigh out cases and bullets and discard any component that doesn't fall within their self-imposed tolerances."
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The Arms Trade Treaty, week 2: The ways it might fail
Ammo Land
In New York, the Arms Trade Treaty conference is entering its final phase and the ways in which the negotiations might fail are becoming clearer. A large number of nations — mainly the Middle East but also Bangladesh, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and others — are not going to get much of what they want from this treaty. That is a good thing.
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