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Will gun makers flock to Texas?
What has been traditionally a northeastern industry in the U.S. may soon become a southern one, if Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a say in the matter. While his office has contacted more than 30 gun companies this year with pitches to move to the Lone Star state, he attended the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Houston to personally invite more. Perry offered them safe passage into Texas, enticing them with gun-friendly communities and the prospects of expanding their businesses with limited government interruption.
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Dems offer gun control bill inspired by latest James Bond movie 'Skyfall'
The Hill
A House Democrat inspired by the last James Bond movie has offered legislation to produce handguns with "personalization technology." The idea is to produce guns that can only be used by the gun's owners. Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., cited the latest James Bond movie, "Skyfall," as inspiration for the bill.
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Texas Legislature briefs: 3 controversial gun bills go to full Senate
The Dallas Morning News
A committee has advanced three controversial gun-related bills, sending them to the full Senate. One of the measures would seek to exempt Texas from new federal laws regulating firearms or ammunition, a bill that would face court challenges if it became law and was used. A second would seek to prohibit the state from enforcing certain federal gun laws.
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    Obama to ban importation of ammo, magazines and gun accessories without congressional approval (Market Daily News)
Perry wants Texas gun firms to sidestep federal oversight (The Texas Tribune via Permian Basin 360)
How the Boston bombing could influence the gun debate (MSNBC)
College handgun bill likely dead this legislative session (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
Texas gun-rights champion: 'Obama couldn't pass a stone' (The Washington Times)

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Manchin 'very hopeful' about gun control
The Hill
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told The Hill in an interview that he remains "very hopeful" that the Senate will reconsider and pass a bipartisan bill on background checks that failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward earlier this year. Manchin co-sponsored the background checks bill with Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and while the measure was supported by a majority of the Senate, it failed to break a Republican filibuster.
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Ted Cruz duels with Joe Biden with gun control editorials
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the wake of the collapse of gun control legislation in the Senate, famously challenged Vice President Joe Biden to a debate on the subject of gun control and the relationship of private gun ownership to violent crime. Something like that has occurred in the pages of the Houston Chronicle on May 12, which has published dueling opeds by Biden and Cruz on the gun issue.
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Reid: Gun control advocates will 'settle' for certain restrictions
CBS News
Following failed efforts to expand background checks for gun purchases, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that advocates for stricter gun laws will "settle" for rules restricting the mentally ill and criminals from purchasing guns. "Someone who has extreme mental problems, they shouldn't be able to buy a gun," Reid said on the Senate floor. "Someone who's a criminal shouldn't be able to buy a gun. That's all we want. We'll settle for that. The people of Sandy Hook will settle for that."
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5 reasons the NRA won the recent gun control debate
No matter one's position on gun control, there are lessons we can learn from the recent battle on background checks. According to Gallup, Over 90 percent of the public supports background checks for all gun purchases, yet the measure failed to pass the U.S. Senate. According to most published sources, the reason is simple: the NRA has tons of money and threatened to "primary" those who voted against their will in the next election. If only it were that simple. As Dr. Kelton Rhoads, reminds us: "People are generally unable to distinguish a successful tactic in a failed campaign, or a failed tactic in a winning campaign. People over generalize, and assume any tactic used in a failed campaign is a bad one. Whereas a successful campaign blesses every tactic used."
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NRA introduces National Mid-Range Championships to Camp Perry
NRA Blog
There's a new championship in the lineup at Camp Perry this year, the NRA National Mid-Range Championships. Created due to rising popularity of F-Class shooting, the new 3000-point championships will be shot from ranges of 300, 500 and 600 yards and will add yet another fun sport to the annual Remington/NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships.
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New government report undercuts Obama anti-gun agenda
Adding to the bad news for the Obama agenda, a report issued by the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that firearm homicides in general, and violence at schools, have decreased substantially during the last two decades; the percentage of homicides committed with firearms has decreased; and only a tiny percentage of state prison inmates imprisoned for gun offenses obtain their guns from gun shows. As the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin characterizes it, the report is "wonderful news for the country and rotten data for anti-gun advocates."
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