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Senate ready to launch gun control debate
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The Senate is ready to launch an emotion-charged debate on new gun restrictions, four months after the carnage at a Connecticut elementary school spurred President Barack Obama and Congress to address firearms violence. In an opening showdown, a vote was planned on an attempt by conservatives to scuttle the Democratic bill before debate even started. There were no real doubts the conservatives would be defeated and lawmakers would turn to the legislation, which would expand background checks to more gun buyers, toughen penalties against illicit firearms sales and offer slightly more money for school security.
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Hundreds attend gun control rally at Texas Capitol
Austin American-Statesman
Hundreds of Texans rallied at the state Capitol, hoping to spark a conversation about gun control legislation at the state level and to support a federal effort to implement universal background checks for gun buyers. Many attendees were children, a reminder that it was the mass shooting in a Connecticut elementary school that prompted the country's most recent bout with the issue of gun control.
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East Texas stores ration ammo as shortage affects law enforcement
Longview News-Journal
A nationwide ammunition shortage prompted Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano to notify deputies in March that they would have to supply their own ammunition for this year's firearm qualifications — something Cerliano had never done in 13 years in office. The sheriff was able to pull the plug on that plan, when the department's bullet order, placed more than 60 days ago, finally came in.
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NRA 500 puts gun control debate sights on NASCAR
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The National Rifle Association should feel right at home sponsoring the NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway, the NRA 500. Tradition there is that Sprint Cup Series pole winners are given a rifle and the race winner fires a pair of six-shooters loaded with blanks in Victory Lane. But when the speedway and the NRA announced the sponsorship deal March 5, in the wake of mass shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. and a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., it put NASCAR in the center of the national gun control debate.
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Connecticut senator doesn't want NRA 500 to be televised
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Connecticut senator who wrote to NASCAR questioning the NRA's sponsorship of the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway is asking Fox not to televise the race. TMS president Eddie Gossage and track owner Bruton Smith laughed off the idea as presented by Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy. The NRA 500 will be televised as scheduled. The Associated Press reported that Fox officials declined comment.
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Lone Star College stabbing spree sparks new gun control debate
Yahoo News
According to the Houston Chronicle, a 20-year-old man named Dylan Quick stabbed 14 people near the Health Sciences building on the Cy-Fair campus of Lone Star College, located just northwest of Houston. Quick allegedly used an Exacto knife and a surgical scalpel to slash people, apparently at random. Quick was finally subdued by students and was taken into custody by police. He is being held at a mental health facility without bail pending a psych examination after a judge heard a videotaped confession from Quick that suggested that he fantasized about killing people. Twelve people were taken to local hospitals for treatment while two refused treatment.
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Hundreds of Texas educators take free concealed handgun class
Fox News
A concealed handgun training class envisioned by former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle before his death drew hundreds of educators to a Texas school auditorium. More than 700 teachers and administrators attended the all-day session on gun laws and safety at Kennedale High School in Dallas-Fort Worth area, The Dallas Morning News reported. The free class was organized by Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Bill Waybourn and Kyle, who was fatally shot at a North Texas shooting range in February.
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Texas legislators propose slashing class time required to get a concealed-handgun license
The Dallas Morning News
Anyone hoping to get a concealed-handgun license, as one out of every 44 Texans has done, must first take a 10-hour course. Instructors and others say that's too long in a classroom and lawmakers seem poised to change the requirement. Freshman Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, aims to shorten the course to four to six hours. Her measure has drawn little opposition, with instructors saying that they frequently have to fill time to meet the requirement and that the most important teaching happens not in the classroom but on the firing range.
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Double-barreled threat: UN Arms Trade Treaty and universal background checks
Do those of us who are determined to defend our constitutional rights to own and bear arms really have anything to worry about? Supporters of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty argue that it doesn't really threaten the Second Amendment, but only regulates international arms trade. And as for the proposed provision for "enhanced" background checks for gun sales that is being brought before the Senate, forget about that too. It's only a "sensible measure" to keep guns out of the hands of bad guys. It has nothing to do with the rest of us. Or maybe not. Perhaps consider that these two prospective developments may have a lot to do with you and me after all. They also have more serious mischief in common than international and domestic anti-gun rights politicians would like us to realize.
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